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Field School

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Syria Archaeology Program

Boston Univeristy Archaeological Field School

Boston University's Syria Archaeology Program takes place each summer at the Bronze Age site of Tell es-Sweyhat in Northern Syria. The program combines a six-week excavation with coursework in Mesopotamian Archaeology and Archaeological Field Methods. The site of Tell es-Sweyhat, located on the banks of the Euphrates River, was an important center of agro-pastoral exchange and ritual life in Ancient Syria. The site today consists of a central temple, fortress, tombs, and domestic architecture, conjoining the sacred and the profane into a single settlement. Structures from later occupations, including a Seleucid village and cemetery as well as a Roman outpost, expose students to a wide variety of contexts and time periods.

Boston University Field School


Students must enroll in both of the following courses for a total of eight credits.
CAS AR 341 Mesopotamian Archaeology, 4 cr.
CAS AR 503 Archaeological Field Methods, 4 cr.

Program Dates
Summer Term: May 24 - July 6, 2011

Application Deadlines
Summer Term: March 1

Program students will work on all aspects of the Tell es-Sweyhat research project, including settlement survey, remote sensing, excavation, laboratory work and museology. At the same time students will also experience life in a traditional Syrian village of the Jezireh region. Visits to archaeological and cultural sites will complement the curriculum and may include Aleppo, the Old City of Damascus, and the desert city of Palmyra.

The program provides an unparalleled introduction to both the ancient and the modern Near East. Upon successful completion of the program, students earn eight Boston University credits.

Summer Abroad Brochure 2010



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