UR has announced a new study abroad program in archaeological research that will take place from July 6 to Aug. 5 in Arezzo, Italy.

The cost for the course is $3,200 for up to eight credits ? applications are due by March 18.

The program is designed to be complementary to UR’s existing archaeological program in Galilee, Israel. The university is exploring the idea of “comparative archaeology” by examining early Roman culture in Italy and Israel.

“This is going to be an adventure. If we make this work it will be a conceptual breakthrough,” said Dean of The College William Green, who plans on participating in the trip.

Green explained at an interest meeting that a program in comparative archaeology would be one of the first of its kind in the world. “Archaeology is usually in depth with a narrow focus,” he said. “It is usually not this broad.”

Senior Ryan Walters wants to participate in the program because it will be his last chance as an undergraduate. “I’m interested in archaeology, but it’s not something I can do for a living,” he said. “I’d like to go on this Study Abroad program to have the experience.”

The link between the dig in Israel and the site in Arezzo is red glazed ware pottery that was used throughout the Mediterranean.

Modern knowledge of the production of this pottery in Italy is limited. The aim of the program is to excavate a site that is believed to have been a pottery workshop and kiln.

The cost for the course will cover tuition, room and board, local field trips associated with coursework and ground transportation while in Italy. This fee does not cover airfare, but Green said that financial aid would be available.

Students can participate in the program for school credit or just for the experience. “Students can just come and dig, they can dig and take one course, or they can dig and take two courses for up to eight credits,” Green said.

Assistant Dean and Director of the Center for Study Abroad Jackie Levine emphasized that the program is open to students from all disciplines. “The program is open to students in all majors and all students are encouraged to apply,” she said.

“Students learn the skills of field archaeology on site so you don’t need previous training ? just interest and enthusiasm.”

Green said that the program will offer more than just an experience in archaeology. “This is a fantastic opportunity to live abroad, experience two cultures, advance your education and learn one basic method of research into the past,” he said.

For more information, students can call the Center for Judaic Studies at x35001.

Taylor can be reached at ktaylor@campustimes.org.

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