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URI FLP - Israel (Biblical Archaeology)
Jerusalem, Israel (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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The URI Digs Israel Program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to be an integral part of an ongoing archaeological excavation in Israel. No prior archaeological experience needed. All majors are welcome. 

As a part of the program, students will participate in all aspects of the excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath, including: digging and surveying on site, assisting in remote sensing and other archaeological sub-specialties, and recording data. Students will also participate in the various tasks that take place at the base camp, including recording, caring for, and analyzing artifacts. Additionally, students will read and discuss material linking archaeological work to epistemological, ethical, and social issues that come under the heading 'philosophy of science'. Students will have the opportunity to learn from top scholars about topics relating to the site, the archaeology of Israel, and archaelolgical methodology, and they will spend their weekends in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.


During this program, students will be enrolled in 3 URI credits: PHL 401: Philosophy of Archaelogy - Theory and Methods. The lectures will be presented by the project staff, as well as various distinguished guest lecturers. The course will be graded based on the assessment (by the Project director and staff members) of the student’s participation and on the materials (lecture and field trip summaries; excavation documentation materials, discussion and a final paper) that will be submitted at the end of the course. 

Additional courses (and credits) are available. Contact Dr. Krieger for details/options.


Students will be residing in quad-occupancy rooms. Free Wifi is available on-site. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided for the entire trip.


Program Fee: $2,675

Program fee includes:
  • 3 URI Credits
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • In-country transportation
  • Excursions and cultural activities
  • Health insurance

NOTE: All fees subject to change.


Dr. William Krieger, Ph.D.
(401) 874-2812  -
As a philosopher of science and working archaeologist, Dr. William Krieger’s teaching and research interests focus on the impact of theoretical decisions on scientific (and humanistic) practices. In recognition for his accomplishments in the classroom and in the field, Dr. Krieger was awarded the URI College of Arts & Sciences Teaching Award (2011) and was named a “Newsmaker” by the Providence Business News (2013). In his role as a working scientist, Dr. Krieger has gotten his hands dirty and/or wet throughout Israel, including our current project, Tell es-Safi/Gath Excavations.

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