Egypt: Fayum Archaeology Field Project
Fed by a branch of the Nile, the Fayum is a fertile depression with a lake at its northern edge. Near the ancient lake shorelines, which are now located in the Sahara Desert, the earliest evidence of agriculture in Egypt has been found. The work of UCLA in the Fayum includes a site management and landscape preservation project. The Fayum Field School comprises 10 weeks of which the students are five weeks in the field. A two week period of independent preparation is followed by a training, which combines American students and Egyptian archaeologists employed by the Supreme Council of Antiquities, making cultural exchange an integral part of the program. The last three weeks of the Fall quarter are dedicated to writing a research paper.
This program involves an application process. Student applications will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis. Archaeological work involves physical work in the outdoors. You should be aware that conditions in the field are different than those you experience in your home or college town. This program operates during the fall season, and students will be exposed to the elements while in the field. Good boots, working cloths, and sun protective gear (hat, sunglasses and sunscreen) are required and mandatory.
Since the field school is based in a rural area of an Islamic country, all participants are required to adopt a number of simple rules while in the camp or in the field: dress modestly (cover elbows to knees at all time), do not socialize with members of the opposite sex in private, and do not drink alcohol in public.