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Field School Information

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The Idalion Field School will take place this summer from June 26 to August 4.

It is a hands-on course in field archaeology. Excavation Director Dr. Pamela Gaber and her staff offer a full curriculum including field work, illustrated lectures, and trips to other sites and museums. Students participate as full-fledged team members while earning university credit. No prior archaeological experience is necessary.

On site, students learn excavation as well as all aspects of the recording system including detailed note-taking and top-plan drawing. Outside of the field students also learn how to process and record finds.  There are lectures two evenings a week and field trips to other sites and museums. These provide context for Idalion within Cyprus and for Cyprus within the Ancient Near East as well as expanding students' knowledge of Idalion, Cyprus, and Near Eastern archaeology.

Students are graded on the basis of fieldwork, a daily journal, and teamwork. Graduate students and students enrolled in ARCH 421 must also prepare a research paper.

A student who successfully completes the Idalion Field School is fully qualified to join an excavation as an assistant supervisor, and in some cases as a trench supervisor, as several former field school students have done.

Undergraduate credit can be earned through Lycoming College as a 4-credit course in 'Field Archaeology' (ARCH 401, ANTH 401, or REL 401). For information about the college tuition fee for 4 credits, 6 credits, or auditing the course see May/Summer special session costs.

The dig fee is $2,700 over and above tuition for the full seven weeks, or $575 per week (two week minimum). This covers field trips, room, and weekday meals. It does not include round-trip airfare. A $80 non-refundable registration fee is required at the time of acceptance.

All tuition fees are sent to Lycoming College.
All dig fees must be sent to Pamela Gaber.

All costs are subject to change.

Application Information

In order to participate in the field school, please take the following steps (you might want to highlight and print off these instructions):

  1. Download, print and complete the application form that is located on this website. Click on Dig Application Form. If you cannot download or print the form, email Elizabeth Treptow at and she will send you a form by mail or attach a pdf to an email.
  2. Be sure to read through the application form carefully and save necessary pages as it contains detailed instructions as to how completed forms should be submitted, as well as payment and acceptance instructions.
  3. If you are not a Lycoming College student, but wish to receive academic credit for participating in the Idalion Field School, email Ned Barnes, admissions counselor, and ask for a Non-Degree Student Application Form: (If you are a Lycoming student, contact the Registrar, Whitney Merinar, for more information).  If you are a Lycoming College student you will need the "Application for a Travel Course" form available in the Registrar's office.
  4. When you receive this application form, complete and return it to the Office of Admissions with a check covering the cost of tuition. Non-degree students should contact Ned Barnes in Admissions for costs; Lycoming College students can contact the Registrar's office. Make your check payable to "Lycoming College." Indicate on the application that you will be registering for ARCH, ANTH, or REL 401: Field Archaeology, for the 2017 season, and the college will waive the $35 application fee. Registration for summer classes opens on March 5; if you apply early, the Office of Admissions will hold your registration form and tuition check until that date, and then send it on to the Office of the Registrar. The deadline for course registration is Friday, June 1, so you will want to be certain that all tuition payments are in place by that time.
    Admissions Office
    Lycoming College
    Williamsport, PA 17701
  5. Along with your volunteer application form, you will receive further information on preparing for the dig. If you do not have a current passport, contact your local prothonotary (at the county court house) immediately and find out what you need to do to initiate the process. Allow TWO MONTHS from time of application to receiving your passport.

The Excavation Director, Dr. Pamela Gaber, can be contacted for further information at or  (570) 321-4299 (after March 11, 2014: 011-357-99-077057).
The Assistant to the Director can be contacted for further information at

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