Since the late 1980s Dr. Jerome Rosehas 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
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
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.
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.
Applications can be made by clicking "Apply Now" at the top of this page, or by emailing your completed application to Sarah Malloy at email@example.com 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
Curriculum Vitae: One-page, documenting your skills specific to the project
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.
“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.”