Interested in receiving hands-on training in archaeological fieldwork while participating in original research excavating an Egyptian fortress in Canaan? Touring sites on the weekend in Israel with scholars? Experiencing life in Israel? The Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project, a joint effort of UCLA and the Israel Antiquities Authority, invites you to join its archaeological field school in the old city of Jaffa on the south side of Tel Aviv this summer. The excavations are part of an NEH-funded initiative to explore the New Kingdom Egyptian fortress at the site. This program will introduce students to archaeological methods and practices commonly employed in Near Eastern archaeology through an array of hands-on, day-to-day activities. Students will be exposed to the basics of archaeological field methods, record keeping, preservation, artifact analysis, and data management by working closely with the project’s staff. Weekend field trips to archaeological and historical sites in Israel are included.

Join the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project for its archaeological field school program from June 24 to July 28, 2016.

Unique elements of the JCHP field school program include:
*Archaeological field work training, as well as training in the handling and processing of finds, GIS, 3D modeling, and more
*A lecture program including leading archaeologists from excavations in Israel
*3 weekend fieldtrips and one free weekend
*Life in Tel Aviv with proximity to cultural and historical sites, beaches, and excellent dining

Enrollment fees cover room, board, fieldtrips, and project-related participation expenses. All participants are responsible for purchasing their own airfares, obtaining ground transportation to and from the accommodations, weekend meals (when not on fieldtrips), books, and basic supplies.

Enrollment options include for credit as well as non-credit participation. All enrollments are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Scholarships are also available. Applications must be completed by April 15, 2016.

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For more information, regarding the program, please review the Participant page including information regarding the Application and Costs.


Opportunities exist for volunteer involvement with the JCHP throughout the academic year. If you would be interested in participating, please contact Aaron Burke.


A number of avenues exist for supporting the project through donations.

Facilities maintenance. Through our partnership with the Jaffa Museum of Antiquities, which is housed in a 16th century building, we use its facilities for our lab space. The nature of the facility, which requires annual upkeep, permits us to maintain a monument in its own right further enhancing the fulfillment of our project's mission.

Outreach and online tools. Web development and web-based tools and databases are integral to the data-sharing objectives of the project.

Equipment purchasing. New technologies such as 3D scanners, quadcopters, and iPads have been instrumental in the success of the project, improving efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and the intensity and types of data that can be collected.

Publication support. Publishing data in a timely fashion not only enhances the project's profile, but it constitutes the dividend on the investment made by funding agencies and the project's supporters. A carefully aritculated plan has been put in place for the publication of the project's findings through the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press.

Student participation. The participation of students, both graduate and undergradate, are vital to the fulfillment of the project's objectives. Supporting student participation in the project's activities through scholarships is a win-win opportunity for all parties.

If you or someone you know is interested in contributing to the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project, you can do so through our contribution page. Please feel free to specify, if you are interested in supporting a specific aspect of the project's activities. For futher information, please contact Aaron Burke.


Publications are available for sale through online vendors. Please consult our Publications page for direct links for individual publications. Proceeds support the project’s publication efforts.

Items featuring the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project’s logo and masthead may also be purchased from the project’s Cafepress webpage. Proceeds from the sale of JCHP-related items will support the project's mission.

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The Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project, Near Eastern Languages & Cultures Department
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Page last updated: August 5, 2015 by Aaron Burke