Master of Arts in Archaeology

I. Major Requirements - Credits: 30

  • 1011 Practicum in Field Archaeology I - 3

    The student is expected to participate on an educational dig in which he must perform as a member of the staff. An appraisal of the student’s performance must be submitted by the license holder of the excavation for the student to receive academic credit.

  • 1012 Practicum in Field Archaeology II - 3

    The student is expected to participate on an educational dig in which he must perform as a member of the staff. An appraisal of the student’s performance must be submitted by the license holder of the excavation for the student to receive academic credit. 

  • 1014 Epigraphy and Palaeography - 3

    The palaeography of scrolls on skin and papyrus as well as inscriptions on stone, mosaic, and ostraca will be studied in this course. The history of Semitic and Greek scripts is treated. Visits will be made to sites and museums where original materials are stored and conserved. As the research is conducted in a seminar context, participating students will be required to make presentations.

  • 1015 Introduction to Archaeology I: Pre-classical Period - 3

    A survey of the archaeology of the Levant from the earliest times until the Persian Period. Course will include field trips to sites throughout Israel. 

  • 1016 Introduction to Archaeology II: Late Antiquity - 3

    A survey of the archaeology covering the period from the conquests by Alexander the Great through the early Islamic period will be made. Topics emphasized will be those which have a bearing upon the history of early Christianity. Course will include field trips to sites in Israel.

  • 1017 Material Cultures - 3

    This course introduces the student to the material culture of the region with a special emphasis on pottery chronology and reading. Pottery, due to its unique and ever-evolving forms, serves as a guide to dating archaeological strata. The “reading” of pottery from sealed loci is a necessary language for the field archaeologist.

  • 1081 Student Map Manual (Directed Study) - 1

    A detailed study of the historical geography of the Old and New Testaments as well as the Intertestamental Period, made through guided marking of the Student Map Manual. 

  • 1082 Historical Geography of Israel* - 3

    This course is designed to familiarize students with the physical stage on which most Biblical events transpired. The country is examined on a regional basis, observing how the character of each region, and the routes which passed through it, influenced the history of the area. Attention will be given to the imagery used by the Biblical writers in connection with each region. Issues in historical geography, natural history, archaeology, ancient texts, and anthropological models are explored. Course is offered intensively over three weeks in May-June and includes thirteen days of field trips. An additional field trip fee is charged.

  • 1083 Historical Geography of Jordan* - 2

    The same approach is taken as in Historical Geography of Israel. Regions visited include Ammon, Gilead, the Madeba Plateau, Moab and Edom. Many Biblical events transpired in this region where the tribes of Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh settled. Moses died in Transjordan and the judges and prophets, including Elijah, John the Baptist, Jesus and Paul all ministered in the area, which played a crucial role in international trade during Old and New Testament times. The course is offered intensively over two weeks in June and includes nine days of field trips. An additional field trip fee is charged.

  • 1086 Land, Nature, and Society in Biblical Times I* - 3

    Part one of a two-semester course focusing on studies of ecology (including the interrelation of geology, soils, and climate to form floral and faunal economies); physical geography; cultural geography (especially family, agrarian, nomadic, and maritime societies); the ancient city (related to home, village, and town); and the cycle of the year (including seasons, the celestial clock, and the religious festivals); sacred space and temple; and the ancient city.

  • 1087 Land, Nature, and Society in Biblical Times II* - 3

    The second semester of a two-semester course expands this study through an examination of historical geography and methods in archaeology. Toponomy, roads and highways, physical and ethnic/cultural geography are further explored. The combined tools are used to inter-relate local variations in climate, agriculture, and industry, drawing on archaeological and historical studies.

II. Thesis - Credits: 6

  • 2020 Research Skills and Methodologies (3)

    This four-session course is designed to equip the student acquire with the basic skills of defining a research topic, critical analysis of sources, and academic writing, including stylistic and technical aspects of writing papers. In addition, an introduction to the library resources of Jerusalem will be provided.

III. Language - Credits: 3

  • 1060 Introduction to Greek - (3)

    This course is an introduction to the Koine Greek of the Septuagint, inscriptions, Philo, Josephus, the New Testament, and early Christian literature, taught over the course of two semesters.

  • 1062 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew - (3)

    Biblical Hebrew is studied inductively with elements of grammar, vocabulary, syntactical formations, and translation theory receiving special supplementary attention. This course will enable the student to read, understand, and translate simplified Biblical prose and poetry.

  • 1072 Aramaic - 3

    A study of the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of Biblical Aramaic and an introduction to Official and Targumic Aramaic, as well as to Syriac.

IV. Research Seminars - Credits: 6

M.A. in Archaeology students must take the Graduate Seminar for credit in the fall and spring semesters of their second year of studies.

V. Electives Credits: 3

TOTAL Credits: 48


*Field trip fees will be charged: See Schedule of Fees for special pricing. Historical Geography of Israel and Historical Geography of Jordan are short-term, intensive field studies. Additional fees will apply. These courses are scheduled in May and June and may run concurrent with other UHL classes.