Archaeology is the field of research devoted to the study of the human past through its material remains. It provides us with a direct, tangible connection with our past, and allows us to better understand the cultural, social, and economic forces that have led to the present moment
You will be introduced firsthand to Roman archaeology and the study of the Roman Empire through the experience of conducting fieldwork in Morocco. After a survey of the archaeology of Morocco from prehistory to the Middle Ages, you will participate in an excavation as part of the joint Moroccan-American archaeological project, "Gardens of the Hesperides: The Rural Archaeology of the Loukkos Valley" (http://hesperides.utk.edu). This collaboration is a multi-year project (since 2016) between the Institut National des Sciences de l'Archéologie et du Patrimoine, Rabat, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, devoted to uncovering information about the rural economy around Lixus, the oldest city in northwestern Africa and a major Roman urban site. You will be housed in apartments in the modern city of Larache, just around 60 miles south of Tangier and the Strait of Gibraltar. As part of this program, you will be led on day trips to tour other cities and sites of historical and archaeological importance, including Tangier, Tétouan, Banasa, Rabat (Chellah), and Volubilis, learning about Moroccan heritage. No archaeological experience is required or expected! You will be trained in current excavation methodology, involving open-area excavation and single-context recording. You will receive tutorials on site mapping and GIS, zooarchaeology, soil sampling and flotation for archaebotanical remains, and radiocarbon dating. You be trained in artifact identification and processing, of ceramics, small finds, coinage, and faunal remains. Finally, you will receive instruction in basic Arabic and French expressions to help you communicate better in Moroccan society.
Students who successfully complete the program will receive credit for:
- CLAS 491: Archaeology in Morocco (6 credits)
Students stay in local apartments in Larache.
Housing is included in the program fee.
Your program costs include: tuition, a program fee, a study abroad administrative fee and additional program-related expenses. The program's detailed cost sheet outlines the fees that are billed to your myUTK account and the estimated out-of-pocket expenses. You should carefully review costs, budgets, and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have any questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to the program contacts for guidance.
Funding Your Study Abroad Program
You should carefully review costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have any questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your Programs Abroad Coordinator for guidance.
Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program
- Review the program's Costs Sheet to understand the breakdown of program expenses.
- Consider your Financial Aid options.
- Search and apply for scholarships and grants on our Funding Opportunities tab.
- Review your UTK financial aid package and speak with One Stop about applying it to your study abroad program costs.
If you would like to look into the Jane C. Waldbaum Archaelogical Field School Scholarship, please check out the UTK Department of Classics page for more info and apply here.
If you wish to use your HOPE Lottery Scholarship for the summer term, you may be eligible to receive a prorated amount of $1,000 but you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours.