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Classrooms Without Borders

Program Overview

From the beginning of archaeological exploration, researchers sought to investigate the “Bible Lands”, including what is today the modern State of Israel/Palestine. Their aims were diverse – religious, scientific, political and adventurous – and many techniques were invented to advance the cause.

Today, Israel is one of the few places in the world where it is possible for laypeople (non-archaeologists) to participate in authentic archaeological excavations that touch upon the fundamental core texts and values of Western Civilization (Old and New Testaments, Josephus, Koran, to name a few).

We believe that an intense, serious seminar in Israel focusing on archaeology can open up a variety of educational possibilities for US educators and students. Teachers of sciences, history, archaeology, literature, social studies, conflict studies/resolution, and languages (including Ancient Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic, Armenian, and Turkish) will find many new avenues of research and content that will both sharpen and hone their skill setsBecause of its geographical location as a land bridge between Africa and Asia, Israel has material remains from early pre-historic times till today. This will enable our seminar participants to be exposed to various archaeological periods and research, from pre-historic (neo-lithic and chalcolithic sites) to Bronze and Iron Age as well as Hellenistic, Early and Late Roman period, Byzantine, Islamic, Crusader (Medieval), Mameluk, and Ottoman period sites.

The Israel archaeological seminar will stimulate fresh thinking and initiatives for the educators to enhance their teaching within their specializations as well as facilitate the adoption of an inter-disciplinary approach in the classroom. 

  • Students: $4,600
  • Adults: $5,100
  • Educators: $1,700 ($1000 Public School)

For more information email melissa@classroomswithoutborders.org

Goals for the Seminar

The Classrooms Without Borders (CWB) Archaeological Educational Seminar to Israel has the following goals:

  1. To learn about the science of archaeology in a place where many of the techniques were first developed and continue to be innovated.
  2. To participate in at least one or more authentic archaeological excavations presently taking place in Israel (HANDS-ON).
  3. To learn about different archaeological periods
  4. To flesh out the political and religious issues surrounding “Biblical Archaeology” (the construction and deconstruction of historical/national narratives).
  5. To expose the participants to the various historical and religious backdrops that inform the choice of archaeological research in modern Israel/Palestine
  6. To raise questions about our understanding of the past and the function of the disciplines of history and archaeology within the modern nation-state.

Sites

The program includes sites from prehistory, Calcholithic, Iron Age I & II, O.T., N.T., Roman, Byzantine, Early Muslim, Crusader, Ayubbid, Mameluk and Ottoman periods. There are water systems, burial grounds, private dwellings, painted caves, bathhouses, castles, fortresses, and more.

  • Prehistoric – Nahal Mearot
  • Calcholithic – Megiddo
  • Bronze Age – Megiddo, Tel Dan, City of David
  • Iron Age – Megiddo, Tel Dan, Banias, City of David, Khirbet Qayafa, Tel Lachish
  • Hellenistic – Tel Maresha, Caesarea, Masada,
  • Roman – Caesarea, Banias, Tsippori, Temple  Mount, Davidson Center, Western Wall Tunnels, Qumran, Masada
  • Byzantine – Caesarea, Tsippori, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Capernaum, Tabha, Beit Shearim, Ancient Monastery, Beit Guvrin
  • Early Muslim – Temple Mount, Davidson Center
  • Crusader – Acre, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Banias,  Tsipori, Ein Karem
  • Ayubbid – Nimrod fortress
  • Mameluk – Nimrod Fortress, Western Wall Tunnels, Temple Mount
  • Ottoman – Acre, Jerusalem

Sample Itinerary

  • Monday, June 13 – Caesarea, Nahal Mearot (pre-historic caves in southern Carmel) – overnight Haifa
  • Tuesday, June 14 – Megiddo, Hecht, Lecture by Marine archaeologist overnight Haifa
  • Wednesday, June 15 – Acre, Tabha, Capernaum, check-in hotel – overnight Ginnossar
  • Thursday, June 16 – Tel Dan, Banias, Nimrod Fortress – overnight Ginnossar
  • Friday, June 17 – Tsippori, Beit Shearim, Mt. of Olives observation point, Mahane Yehuda, Kabbalat Shabbat at Western Wall – overnight Jerusalem
  • Saturday, June 18 – Optional tour for Jerusalem necropolis – ancient burial in the Holy City – overnight Jerusalem
  • Sunday, June 19 – City of David, Davidson Center, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Western Wall Tunnels – overnight Jerusalem
  • Monday, June 20 – Qumran, Masada, Ancient Monastery – overnight Jerusalem
  • Tuesday, June 21 – Dig for a day + Khirbet Qayafa – overnight Jerusalem
  • Wednesday, June 22 – Dig for a day + Tel Lachish – overnight Jerusalem
  • Thursday, June 23 – Ein Karem, Israel Museum, final supper in Ein Karem or Abu Ghosh

Videos

2016 Inside Israel Archeology Seminar

Educators 2016

What our participants have to say...

With the current disregard ranging to hatred of cultures other than one's own that permeates not only the Middle East but much of the world, the desperate need to preserve and protect these cultures has never been more immediate. The fact that much of what we saw in Israel might never have been discovered, appreciated or preserved under different circumstances is incomprehensible to one who values all human life and the journey humans have been on.

Lynn Horton / Teacher / Winchester Thurston
2016 Israel Archeology Study Seminar: Discovering The Past Civilization

The seminar was very well planned and balanced Jewish, Christian and Muslim sites. It was amazing to hold artifacts from 2300 BCE in my hands! The experience that I will cherish is when we walked to the Western Wall on the Sabbath in Jerusalem. While were walking back to the hotel, we could hear the Orthodox Jewish prayers from the Western Wall, the Muslim call to prayer and the church bells ringing at the same time. It was a very powerful experience that I will never forget.

Colleen Newman / Teacher / Old Trail School
2016 Israel Archeology Study Seminar: Discovering The Past Civilization

You can talk about culture, experience, architecture and art in a classroom but until you walk through the ruins of ancient synagogues and dig up thousand year old artifacts, you will not have a true respect for what life was like in the region...I believe that teaching by example is crucial to reaching students. My experience with Classrooms without Borders was full of excitement, information, and understanding.

Russell Bellamy / Teacher / Beacon College
2016 Israel Archeology Study Seminar: Discovering The Past Civilization

I am a true believer in experiential learning. Being in Israel or any location to see, touch, and hear about specific subjects greatly enhances how an instructor is going to deliver information to their students. This method is much more powerful than an instructor reading about it. We collected not only readings, but we have our own photos and specific memories. We are able to see things that may be of interest that one may not find in the readings. The instructor can tell the story and not lecture.

James Fleming / Educator/ Beacon College
2016 Israel Archeology Study Seminar: Discovering The Past Civilization

One can always learn the dates, facts, and progression of events from reading, however, it is impossible to describe the heat, the topography, the distances, the smells and sounds if one has not actually experienced them personally.

Russell Morrison / Teacher
2016 Israel Archeology Study Seminar: Discovering The Past Civilization

I would recommend this to any educator that has an interest in learning more about other regions and cultures because they create programs that are immersive, focused, and inspiring.

Russell Bellamy / Educator / Beacon College
2016 Israel Archeology Study Seminar: Discovering The Past Civilization

In general I came back with a true love of Israel (can't wait to go back) and a sense of how overwhelmingly important it is to preserve as much of the history and archaeology that exists. With the current disregard ranging to hatred of cultures other than one's own that permeates not only the Middle East but much of the world, the desperate need to preserve and protect these cultures has never been more immediate. The fact that much of what we saw in Israel might never have been discovered, appreciated or preserved under different circumstances is incomprehensible to one who values all human life and the journey humans have been on.

Lynn Horton / Teacher / Winchester Thurston
2016 Israel Archeology Study Seminar: Discovering The Past Civilization