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May 23 - June 15, 2014

A three-week URI field school on the History & Archaeology of the Crusades, taught in the Medieval city of Akko (Acre), Israel. HIS 393-391 is a team-taught multi-disciplinary introduction to Akko (Acre) and the Crusades combined with land-based and underwater fieldwork experience options. Through a unique collaboration with the Israel Antiquities Authority and Akko International Conservation Center, land option students will experience total immersion in the world of the Crusades: the history and historiography, literature, art, architecture, archaeology, and geography. They will gain hands-on experience with local experts in what it takes to study and conserve the world's best-preserved Medieval-Ottoman city while respecting the identity and cultural heritage of Akko's vibrant Arab community. Underwater students will take part in the IAA-URI excavations of Akko's ancient port. Both land and underwater programs will combine for evening classes. We will also put the Crusades in context with a brief survey of the broader history of Akko and Israel. A copy of the program flyer is available here.


  • Option One - Land: Akko & the Crusades (HIS 393) and a practical introduction to the archaeology and social history of medieval Akko.
    HIS  393: The Crusades + HIS 391 Directed Study (land practicum)
  • Option Two - Underwater: Akko & the Crusades (HIS 393) and a practical introduction to the underwater archaeology of Akko.
    AAUS scientific diving certification required.
    HIS 393: The Crusades + HIS 391Directed Study (underwater practicum)
  • Option Three - Graduate Research: Consult with instructors for graduate options (HIS 591)

Housing and Dining:

Double-occupancy accommodation. Breakfast and dinner will be provided, but students will be responsible for their own lunches and snacks.

Cultural Activities:

Students will live within and conduct extensive exploration of the Old City of Akko (Acre). Acre is an historic port city and UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Mediterranean Sea. The program also includes tours to important historical sites in the region including Apollonia, Arsuf, Beit She'an, Belvoir, Caesarea, Ein Afec, Horns of Hattin, Jerusalem, Montfort, Haifa, and other desitinations as circumstances permit.


Program Fee: $4700

6 URI Credits
Breakfast and Dinner
In-country transportation
Excursions and activities
Medex Insurance


 NOTE: All fees subject to change



Program Deadlines

Application Deadline Extension:

March 17, 2014

Final Payment Due: May 13, 2014


Important Requirement: Students are required to complete an Israel Questionnaire  along with their application


The Akko Underwater Option is now full, but please contact Program Director Bridget Buxton if you are interested, as we will try to include additional divers if possible.

We will continue to accept late applications for the land program including the ICC Medieval Archaeology and Conservation course until Monday, March 17.

Please contact Dr. Buxton immediately if you intend to apply.


For more information, please contact:


Program Director URI Faculty-Led Programs Coordinator
Professor Bridget Buxton Kelly Watts
Department of History Office of International Education
(401) 874-4085 (401) 874-2019
babuxton@mail.uri.edu spoie@etal.uri.edu


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