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*U of A Faculty-Led: Bioarchaeological Study at Amarna Egypt
Asyut, Egypt; Cairo, Egypt (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year U of A Application Deadline U of A Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 08/01/2016
08/01/2016 05/15/2017 06/16/2017
NOTE: The program is full for 2017. Applications for the 2018 program will open in June 2017 and close on August 1, 2017.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Sarah Malloy Housing Options: Apartment
Minimum GPA:
2.5 Program Type: U of A Faculty-Led
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: 0 none
Language Courses Offered: No Credit Type: U of A Credit
Open to non-U of A students?: Yes Credit Hours Available: 6 Credit Hours
Area of Study: Anthropology, Archeology Program Duration: 4 weeks
Open to Graduate Students?: Yes
Program Description:
Egypt 2016





















 
   PROGRAM OVERVIEW LOCATION 
ACCOMMODATIONS & EXCURSIONS
ESTIMATED COSTS
SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Application Deadline:  August 1, 2016

Since the late 1980s Dr. Jerome Rose has been excavating and conducting osteological analysis in Egypt. While he usually takes one or two students with him to Egypt, since 2007 he has been taking groups of qualified students with him on his excavation and is again willing to take up to twelve students to Tell el-Amarna for the summer, from May 18 - June 19, 2017 (approximately).

This is an intensive program providing the opportunity to study the excellently-preserved skeletal material, including paleopathology, of the commoners from Tell Amarna, the city built by Pharaoh Akhenaton. Students are given the opportunity to improve their osteological analytical skills no matter the level where they begin. The team spends the entire time cleaning, analyzing and interpreting the skeletons excavated two months earlier.
 
Participants will be instructed as to which hotel and at what time they should arrive in Cairo.  After two days of tours, everyone goes to Amarna on a bus. Participants will also experience life at a British archaeological excavation and tour the houses, palaces, temples, and tombs of Tell Amarna, led by 
Professor Barry Kemp.

Program Directors:  Dr. Jerry Rose (University of Arkansas) and Professor Barry Kemp (Amarna Trust)

Sponsors: King Fahd Centre for Middle East Studies, University of Arkansas and the Amarna Trust


LOCATION

The ancient Egyptian city of Tell el-Amarna (or simply Amarna) was the short-lived capital built by the ‘heretic’ Pharaoh Akhenaten and abandoned shortly after his death (c. 1332 BCE). It was here that he pursued his vision of a society dedicated to the cult of one god, the power of the sun (the Aten). 

As well as this historic interest Amarna remains the largest readily accessible living-site from ancient Egypt. It is thus simultaneously the key to a chapter in the history of religious experience and to a fuller understanding of what it was like to be an ancient Egyptian. There is no other site like it. 

Amarna occupies a large bay of almost flat desert hemmed in for much of its perimeter by cliffs that rise by approximately 100 metres to a high desert plateau. From the north headland to the south headland, both of which approach close to the Nile, is a distance of 10 kms. 

Plateau and cliffs are cut by dried valleys and torrent beds (wadis) that lead further back into the desert. In the south-east the cliffs fall back to leave a broad flat valley that begins above a low and very irregular terrace edge that continues the line of the cliffs.

 
Excerpt Courtesy of the
 Amarna Project


ACADEMICS & COURSES

Credit Hours: Six (6) credits hours

Transcript Issued By:  University of Arkansas

Courses:  Offered at both Undergraduate and Graduate levels  
                ANTH 4256    Archeology Field Session
                ANTH 561V   Field Research in Archeology


Students spend full-time working in the on-site laboratory collecting osteological data from newly excavated skeletal remains from the south tombs cemetery. 


ACCOMMODATIONS

Housing and most meals are provided at the Amarna expedition house (in the Amarna research facilities where the group sleeps, eats, and works), located directly in front of the site. These accommodations are simple but adequate.  Meals and laundry are provided.  Each person is given a private bedroom.
 

EXCURSIONS

Students arrive in Cairo around mid-May. While in Cairo, tours to Giza pyramids, Saqqara mortuary structures and pyramid, and Egyptian museums will be made. After a couple of days in Cairo, students travel to Amarna by bus and stay in Amarna until approximately a few days before departure. At the end of the program, students return to Cairo and tour local tourist sites (palaces, museums, market, Christian Cairo, etc) until departure.


ELIGIBILITY

This program is open to undergraduate and graduate applicants from the U of A, as well as students from universities worldwide.

 

  • Students will be selected based on academic progress (order of preference will be graduate students, seniors, juniors), the merits of their application, and GPA. 
  • Applicants must have a valid passport at time of application in order to apply for a visa soon thereafter. More information on this after acceptance.
  • Experience in the field is helpful, but not required.
  • Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours by the beginning of the program abroad.
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.6 or better at the time of application.


APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Application Deadline:  August 1, 2016

Applications can be made by clicking "Apply Now" at the top of this page, or by emailing your completed application to Sarah Malloy at slmalloy@uark.edu before the deadline. 

Required application materials include:

1. Personal statement:  Describe your reasons for wanting to study abroad, including expected contributions to your academic, personal and professional goals. You should also address any qualities or circumstances that make you particularly well suited to this particular program, especially if there are multiple candidates and limited spaces for this opportunity.

2.  Copy of University transcript(s):  Unofficial copy of current or most recently attended institution

3.  Curriculum Vitae: One-page, documenting your skills specific to the project

4.  
Completed security form: Download here:  Security Form Information--U of A version 2016b.pdf   

5.  Photocopy of valid passport at time of application (JPEG)

6.  Passport-style photo (JPEG)

7.  
Recommendation letter:  The letter may be sent directly from your recommender to       
     slmalloy@uark.edu
 

Upon acceptance to the program, the Office of Study Abroad will provide non-UofA students further instructions on how to enroll at the University as a visiting, non-degree-seeking student.


ESTIMATED COSTS

Program Fee: $2,970 USD (estimated)

Program Fee includes:
4 days in Cairo, including tours
Local transportation
Lodging
Most meals
Group excursions
Administrative fees

International Health Insurance

Additional expenses not included in program fee:
U of A tuition at six (6) credit hours (UGRD or GRAD)
Roundtrip airfare (est. $1,500 USD)
Tourist visa upon entry to Egypt
Passport fees
A few meals
Personal travel, souvenirs, and incidentals

Costs are estimated based on summer 2015; prices and dates are confirmed by October 2016. 


SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID

Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students. 

In many cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program.  If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully. 

U of A students should check out other funding opportunities on our website, including: 

Office of Study Abroad Scholarship
Middle East Studies Study Abroad Scholarship
Cleveland C. Burton Study Abroad Scholarship
Gilman International Scholarship Program
Honors College Study Abroad Grants
Sturgis Honors Study Abroad Grants

This list is not comprehensive. Check out other funding opportunities on our website


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad:

Office of Study Abroad & International Exchange
University of Arkansas
722 West Maple Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701  USA
Tel. +479-575-7582 

Email: studyabr@uark.edu

For additional information about courses or program content, contact faculty leader:

Jerry Rose
Department of Anthropology
330 Old Main
jcrose@uark.edu
+479-575-5247


WHAT FORMER STUDENTS HAVE SAID

I needed training in bioarchaeology and Dr. Jerry Rose is one of the best known bioarchaeologists in the world.”

“A fantastic learning experience!”

“I have a tremendous appreciation for the roles biological anthropology and archaeology play together when dealing with past cultures through the examination of human remains and associated cultural items. The amount of information you can learn by analyzing human remains is truly incredible and the cultural knowledge the archaeologist and anthropologist can glean from these analysis gives us another perspective with which to understand the peoples of the past.”


 

 
This program is currently not accepting applications.