Scholarship Opportunities for Two Prestigious Israeli Excavations

Thanks to a special grant from the ADAR Foundation, two of the most expertly led digs in Israel are offering extraordinary scholarships this summer. The generous support provides a full season of room and board during the prestigious Bar-Ilan University excavations at Tell es-Safi* and Tel Burna. Tel es-Safi, directed by esteemed BAR contributor Aren Maeir, has been identified as the Philistine and Canaanite city of Gath, the home of the Biblical giant Goliath. Tel Burna, directed by Itzik Shai and Joe Uziel, is a Bronze and Iron Age fortified city located between Judah and Philistia. The generous ADAR Foundation grant creates exciting last-minute opportunities for students from all levels—from undergraduate to post-doctorate—to get involved in some of Israel’s most exciting digs. Read Aren Maeir’s announcement below for more details.

Last Moment Opportunity for Scholarships to Participate in Excavations in Israel this Summer (June-July, 2012)!

Thanks to the generous support of the ADAR Foundation, Bar-Ilan University has the opportunity to offer a number of scholarships for college students, interested in biblical history and archaeology, to participate in the excavations of two important biblical period sites in Israel, Tell es-Safi/Gath and Tel Burna.

Participation in these excavations provides a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about, and “touch,” the history and culture of the ancient Land of Israel – both from taking part in revealing ancient finds from biblical times, as well as from lectures on related topics and field trips to archaeological sites in the region.

Recipients of the scholarship will be required to participate in a full season of excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath (4 weeks; July 1-27, 2012) and/or Tel Burna (3 weeks; June 10-29, 2012). Note that preference will be given to those wishing to participate in both excavations seasons.

The scholarship will cover the R&B for participants of a full season of excavation at either or both sites. Airfare to and from Israel and various costs not directly related to the excavations (including R&B on weekends) will be the sole responsibility of the participant. Academic credit (from Bar-Ilan University) for the participation in the excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath can be arranged as well (at additional cost).

To apply for the scholarship, please contact (by email only!) Prof. Aren Maeir, Institute of Archaeology, Bar-Ilan University, email: [email protected].

Deadline for applications: May 6st, 2012.

Final decisions will be announced: May 13th, 2012

* See Aren Maeir, “Prize Find: Horned Altar from Tell es-Safi Hints at Phillistine Origins,” Biblical Archaeology Review, Jan/Feb 2012; Carl S. Ehrlich and Aren M. Maeir, “Excavating Phillistine Gath: Have We Found Goliath’s Hometown?,” Biblical Archaeology Review, Nov/Dec 2001.

Note: These scholarships cannot be used in conjunction with additional BAS scholarships. If any successful applicants have received scholarships from BAS, they will be withdrawn in favor of the ADAR Foundation scholarships.


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