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Archeology In Petra, Jordan

Dates: 10 May–8 June 2024
Application Deadline: 1 December 2023

The 2024 Department of Anthropology/Archaeology Field School is a hands-on intensive research program in field archaeology that will take place in Petra, Jordan. The field school is directed by Professor David Johnson, who will be continuing his excavations in Wadi Mataha. Participants will have the opportunity to work at Wadi Mataha and receive intensive training in excavation, lab processing and analysis of excavated artifacts, and cultural heritage site conservation and management. All participants will also receive intensive training in Nabataean/Roman era archaeology.

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892 KMBL
(801) 422-2965


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Students must register for 6 credit hours during the field program.

ANTHR 455R—Field School of Anthropology

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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Includes Latter-day Saint, undergraduate full tuition for the spring field school only (increased cost for graduate and non–Latter-day Saint students), some food, lodging, and international health insurance coverage.

Does not include airfare (typically $1,400–1,600), some meals, and personal expenses.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

AIA (Archaeological Institute of America) and ASOR (American Schools of Oriental Research) also have grants for first-time field school participants on their websites.

The Van Pelt scholarship awards up to $1,000 for undergraduate and graduate students in Anthropology. Apply through the Anthropology Department.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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Students are required to take the following prerequisite courses prior to departure:

ANTHR 110—Introduction to Anthropology
ANTHR 215—Introduction to Archaeology: Method and Theory

Students from related majors such as MESA, ANES, or CLASSICS will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Accepted students are required to participate in an international, cross-cultural preparation course (ANTHR 454, 2 credit hours). This class will be held during the Winter w024 semester.

You must have a passport that does not expire within six months of the length of the project stay in Jordan. You must have a valid passport to be accepted into the winter 2024 required prep course, ANTHR 454.

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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Students will live in the local Bedouin village of Umm Sayhun. This will allow students to benefit from a cultural immersion experience in a modern Muslim community setting.
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Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information page.

Application Deadline: 1 December 2023
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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David Johnson is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology.

892 KMBL
(801) 422-2966
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ISP Student Handbook

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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.