Location: Fayum, Egypt
The Fayum field school takes place at the Greco-Roman town of Karanis, a large mudbrick settlement founded in the third century B.C.E. as part of the Ptolemaic expanse of agriculture in the Fayum region of Egypt. The project focuses on both domestic and industrial areas to understand the importance of agriculture in relation to other economic activities. During the field training, students will work closely together with Egyptian graduates as part of a broader research project which enables students to experience different types of archaeological work and their contributions to a primary research question.
Period(s) of Occupation: Greco-Roman Period
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Entire duration of field school
Room and Board Arrangements
In camp you will be staying in tents with two people. The tents are reasonably spacious, large enough to stand in, and contain two beds each. For every team member there is a bed, a mattress, two blankets, sheets, and a pillow. It is not necessary to bring a sleep sack or a sleeping bag, although it can get cold at night and several participants bring their own sleeping bag, especially if they are sensitive to the cold. Participants are expected to bring their own towels. A mosquito net is also highly recommended and can easily be hung up in the tent.
Unmarried males and females should not – as a rule – socialize apart from the larger context of the group and should never go off alone into a tent with each other (gossip tends to spread like wildfire, and potentially damages the position of the project in the village); therefore only married couples may share a tent
A light breakfast (tea and biscuits) is served at 5:00, we leave the dig house at 5.30 and we are in the field by 6:00 am. At 10:00 there is a more substantial ‘second’ breakfast. Work in the field stops at 2:00 and a warm lunch (the main meal of the day) is served at 2:30. The afternoons are reserved for report work and daily lectures. At 6:00 pm we get together in the dining area to discuss the day’s work. Every work group gives a brief report on the results, problems and successes of that day. During these meetings we will discuss results and interpretations. You are urged to contribute information and suggestions. At 7.00 pm a light dinner is served, often soup or noodles.
Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs, as well as any medical or physical conditions. We will advise you accordingly. The project is used to catering for vegetarians, those with gluten intolerance etc.
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