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The Omrit Excavations

Every summer, Carthage students help to uncover the ancient world by participating in the excavation of a Roman temple complex in Omrit, Israel.

Carthage students have been instrumental in unearthing this amazing archaeological site, revealing structures and artifacts from the first century BCE, and adding to our understanding of the history and development of this important region of the world.

Led by Carthage Classics and Religion Professor Dan Schowalter, the Omrit Settlement Excavations are an opportunity to combine an interest in history, religion, and art with a sense of adventure and discovery.

Travel to northern Israel. Live on a kibbutz. Unearth pieces of the past as you study the modern issues that have long troubled this region. Interested in participating? See how you could be next.

About Omrit

Omrit is located in the eastern Upper Galillee, about 3 kilometers southwest of Banias. The site consists of a Graeco-Roman temple complex and a surrounding settlement occupied in the late Roman, Byzantine, Umayyad, Mamluk, Crusader, and Ottoman periods. The temple complex was excavated between 1999 and 2011 by Carthage College and Macalester College. It consists of three phases of temple building that were in use from the 1st century BCE through the 4th century CE.

Learning Activities

Learning activities will include:

  • Instruction and substantial practice in modern survey, excavation, recording, and conservation techniques designed for the rich material culture still buried at Omrit.
  • A lecture series featuring scholars and knowledgeable speakers from around the world, designed to contextualize the ancient site and shed light on the ancient and modern history of the surrounding region.
  • A wide range of guided tours of significant sites throughout northern Israel, Jerusalem, and the Dead Sea region, which will broaden your archaeological education, as well as clarify the continuing importance of this ancient history to the political, cultural, and socioeconomic concerns of today.

And you get course credit?

Yep. The Omrit Settlement Excavations are offered as a J-Term course. Students receive 4 credits. The course fulfills the Global Heritage and Carthage Symposium requirements, as well as either the Humanities Distribution in Classics or the second course in religion requirement.

 

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