The Fayum Field School

A Ptolemaic Oasis

The 2015 field school will excavate at the Graeco-Roman town of Karanis, founded in the third century B.C. and abandoned during the early seventh century A.D. The preservation of the ancient remains is excellent and a wide range of archaeological materials, including botanical macro-remains, textiles, wood and metal, is studied by a large group of archaeological specialists. The general focus is the ongoing investigation of a domestic context in order to augment our knowledge of the archaeobotanical and zooarchaeological record, of which the large-scale Michigan excavations provided scant information. For more information visit the field school website at

Biblical Archaeology: From the Ground Down

How does a dig team work? What do archaeologists look for at a dig? In this documentary DVD, learn how excavators work and what we can learn from archaeology. More information.

All meals will be communal events at the project dining area. Students are responsible for their own weekend meals. Once we start fieldwork, the day is fairly intense. A light breakfast (tea and biscuits) is served at 5:00 am and we leave the dig house at 5:30 am. A more substantial ‘second’ breakfast is served in the field at 10:00 am. Work in the field stops at 2:00 pm and a warm lunch (the main meal of the day) is served at 2:30 pm. Dinner is served in the evening. Vegetarians may attend this program but will find selection highly limited. Vegan and kosher restrictions are impossible to accommodate in this location.

Willeke Wendrich

Prof. Willeke Wendrich teaches Egyptian archaeology and Digital Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has worked in Egypt since 1987, directing several archaeological projects there, and in addition to fieldwork in Yemen, Turkey and Peru.

Dig Directors

Willeke Wendrich

Geographic Location

Fayum, Egypt

Periods of Occupation

Greco-Roman Period

Dates of the Dig

October 16 - November 21, 2015

Minimum Stay

Full duration of the field school

Application Due

January 15, 2015


$4,800 - cost includes tuition and room and board. Airfare not included.

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

8 semester credits (12 quarter credits) - $4,800 - Connecticut College


While in camp, students will stay in a room with 3-4 people. For every team member there is a bed, mattress, two blankets, sheets and a pillow. It is not necessary to bring a sleeping bag, although some participants bring one, 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 room.


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1855 Industrial St. #106
Los Angeles, CA 90021
United States
Phone: 424-266-6130

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