The Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project (JCHP)

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Project Description

The Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project (JCHP) is an interdisciplinary cultural heritage project that addresses the history and archaeology of Jaffa. The project was initiated in January 2007 by its co-directors, Martin Peilstöcker (Israel Antiquities Authority) and Aaron A. Burke (University of California, Los Angeles). It is a collaborative effort between a number of participating institutions including its senior partners, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, as well as the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz, Germany, and The Old Jaffa Development Company.

For general information about the project check the UCLA page for the JCHP, and the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project group on Facebook for the latest updates.

Archaeological Fieldwork Program: 27 June–30 July 2009

In 2009 the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität will host the second annual archaeological fieldwork program in Jaffa for The Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project. This opportunity includes archaeological exploration, artifact analysis, instruction in archaeological field methods, and an education program. It is open to participation by volunteers over the age of 18 and academic credit is available through Johannes Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz (Germany).

The fieldwork program will consist of 4 five-day weeks of archaeological excavation, followed by 1 week of post-season analysis with student participation. Workweeks are Sunday through Thursday. The first day of field work, after arrival on Saturday, June 27, is Sunday morning, June 28. The project continues through Thursday, July 30. During the daily program participants will be introduced to archaeological field methods, the use of archaeological tools, artifact analysis and conservation, and database management

Accommodations for participants will be arranged by the project at the Old Jaffa Hostel in the heart of Jaffa. Room and meals are covered by the participation fee and cannot be arranged alternatively.

The total cost of the five week program is $1800 (€1450). This includes accommodations, meals, related on-site expenses, and field trips during the five-week program. Applications, Medical Form, and Waiver are due March 1, 2009 (see below). Payment is due by April 1, 2009.

Download an information sheet with the project’s complete details and instructions concerning the application.

Credit for Academic Program

In addition to the fieldwork and lab program there is an academic program consisting of several lectures a week, assignments, and fieldtrip attendance. Those who intend to receive credit for this portion of the program must participate fully in the required activities related to this program. Two fieldtrips scheduled for Fridays (to Caesarea Maritima and Jerusalem) are included as part of this program. Remaining weekends are free for independent travel.

12 hours of academic credit are available for this portion of the program through Johannes Gutenberg-Universität for $1300 (€1050). Johannes Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz (Germany) will serve as the credit granting institution. 8 credit hours will be provided for five weeks of participation in the field and lab components of the excavation. An additional 4 credit hours will be issued for participation in the lecture component following the submission of a research paper.

Participant Application and Forms

Approximately thirty spaces are open for participation in the project. Participants must affirm that they are in excellent physical and mental health (see application forms), and provide a letter of recommendation from their academic advisor or most relevant instructor or fieldwork supervisor. The project’s directors may reject the applications of participants who are deemed unfit for participation in the project or may choose to accommodate individuals in a manner befitting their abilities.

To submit an application for participation, please complete the following 3 forms and email (or, if necessary, mail) them to Wolfgang Zwickel. Sending them by email is preferred. Although applications can be sent by regular mail, they should be received by March 1, 2009 when the first applications will be considered.

General Information Sheet. Please read this document carefully.

Application. Please fill out in Word, save, and submit electronically.

Medical Form. Please print the PDF and complete all information.

Waiver. Please print the PDF and complete all information.

Contact Information

To submit your application or for more information regarding the field school, please contact:

Wolfgang Zwickel

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität

Fachbereich 01

Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät

55099 Mainz, Germany

Tel: +49 (06131) 496965

Fax: +49 (06131) 496966

For general information regarding the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project directly, please email