Field School


Old Acre, Israel

Burj el-Kashla – seaside Ottoman fortifications

June 20 – July 14, 2016


This four-week immersive conservation field school encompasses the complete built heritage conservation process through hands-on experiential field work on the historic Ottoman period seaside fortifications.  Taught by veteran practical conservators of the Israel Antiquities Authority, the program focuses on on-site fieldwork from survey and planning through active interventions.

Who should attend?

The field school is open to participants who have completed at least their second year of university studies, in all educational backgrounds.  Little to no experience is necessary, but an interest in practical conservation and the preservation of built heritage is paramount!

What will I gain from the program?

  • An understanding of the complete conservation procedure through the implementation of a practical real-life project
  • Theory and application of built heritage conservation through direct interaction with the site
  • A real contribution to the conservation of a high profile, significant heritage site
  • Work experience alongside conservation specialists, archaeologists, and architects of the highest professional level within the framework of the Israel Antiquities Authority
  • Familiarity with built heritage and history of Israel and the Mediterranean region

How is the program structured?

The program will be structured as approximately 60% field work, 20% classroom theory and discussion, and 20% site visits and study tours.   Classroom elements will be held at the International Conservation Center – Città di Roma in Old Acre, and field work will take place at the nearby site.  Study tours will take place at heritage sites throughout the country including: Caesarea, Beit She’an, Avdat, and the Old City of Jerusalem.

How much does it cost?

The fee of $2,000 USD includes full tuition and shared accommodation in the historic city for the five weeks duration, tools and materials for field work, and transportation during study tours.

A tuition deposit of $1000 is due by May 1, 2016.  Tuition must be paid, in full, by June 1, 2015.

Course fee does not include application fee, flights to and from Israel, travel to Old Acre, food and other personal expenses, or mandatory health insurance which includes coverage within Israel and an emergency evacuation contingency

Where to stay?

Accommodation is included within the course fee.  Participants will live in shared, apartments in the historic city of Old Acre.  Apartments are fully furnished including air conditioning, kitchen utensils, furnishings, linens, and wireless internet connection.    

How do I apply?

Please use our online application form, in this page. If you have any problems with the form, you can also download it here: Saving The Stones Application Form 2016

There is $50 USD application fee.

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