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Program and Classes

The Second Annual Thesis Conference of the International MA Program in Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible

Posted by on Apr 10, 2016

The Second Annual Thesis Conference of the International MA Program in Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible

About a week after being acknowledged as the leading archaeology department in Israel and as one of the leading research centres in the world, the International MA program of the Archaeology Department at Tau held its second annual thesis conference.   Students of the program, who pursued a second year thesis track, presented their research work to peers, staff and guests, with each of the presenters showcasing their process from identifying a topic and research question, to conducting an investigation of previous research, developing their own tools and techniques to address the issues...

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Teaching on the Fly: Rain Doesn’t Have to Ruin your Day

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015

Teaching on the Fly: Rain Doesn’t Have to Ruin your Day

This past Friday we were supposed to go on our first field excursion with Dr. Yuval Gadot to Tel Gezer and Tel Afek to learn about Canaanite city-states in the Bronze and Early Iron Ages. At this point I’d like to bring to mind the old adage, “Man plans and God laughs”, as we woke up at 5:30am to major rain storms. We couldn’t go on our planned outdoor tour, and everyone was disappointed since it was going to be our first hands-on experience with the material we have been studying. Instead, we had an impromptu, hands-on lesson in pottery typology for those same...

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A Sum Up of My Year in Tel Aviv University’s International Program of Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015

A Sum Up of My Year in Tel Aviv University’s International Program of Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible

The school year has just finished, and I’m left reflecting on what a transformative year this has been. Exactly one year ago I was staying with friends (I met on an excavation in Israel!) in an apartment in Amsterdam when I received an email from Tel Aviv University and in an instant my coming year, career and life was changed! I had been admitted into the university’s International Program of Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible and, with the excitement I can imagine only to be shared with those admitted to Hogwarts. Twelve months later, I am writing this post sitting upon my...

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The International Program at the ASOR Conference

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015

The International Program at the ASOR Conference

Each year around the third week in November the world of Near Eastern archaeology packs its bags and heads to a designated city in the United States to convene, present, consume, discuss, and celebrate research happening worldwide at the annual ASOR (The American Schools of Oriental Research) Conference. It is an international affair. This year the ASOR conference was held in sunny San Diego, California, a desirable place to be in late November. Students from the international program, as well as professors and lecturers from the department, presented their research among a multitude of...

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Studying in the International Program: Laura Farkas Sums Up Her Year

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014

Studying in the International Program: Laura Farkas Sums Up Her Year

When I applied to the program from Hungary, I was excited, but I never expected such a wonderful experience. I landed in Ben Gurion airport in the beginning of October, and after a short Taxi ride through the beautiful city of Tel Aviv, I arrived to the Einstein student dorms, which was my home for the next year, where I was admitted quickly and smoothly. In the flat I met my new roommates from different countries and cultures. On the first day of orientation week we arrived to the beautiful Tel Aviv University Campus, where I first met Prof. Oded Lipschits, the director of the program, the...

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My Top 5 Archaeological Related Experiences at TAU

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014

My Top 5 Archaeological Related Experiences at TAU

It’s been almost two years since I arrived in Tel Aviv in order to pursue an MA in Archaeology of Ancient Near Eastern Cultures. During this time I have trekked near and far throughout Israel, the Middle East, and Europe in pursuit of archaeological knowledge and adventure.  I must admit I am incredibly jealous of those of you who grew up in countries with a documented history older than a handful of centuries. Eastern and Western Europe and the Middle East have been like historical and archaeological playgrounds for me in the past two years and it is hard to choose only five things I’ve...

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First Semester at TAU: Highlights from the International MA Program

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013

First Semester at TAU: Highlights from the International MA Program

T.A.U., or as the students call it, Tau, is supposed to stand for Tel Aviv University, but that is a misnomer. The campus is actually just north of Tel Aviv, in Ramat Aviv, and after a semester here I believe it more accurately stands for The Adventure University. My journey began when I chose to do my undergrad in anthropology, but job hunting with a just a B.A. in that field is like a “Mission: Impossible”. For that reason continuing my education with an M.A. was the only reasonable option. I was lucky and found the International Program website while researching Tel Megiddo, one of...

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