Williams Students in Omrit

Corinthian capital at the temple at Omrit

On the temple podium at Omrit, a Corinthian capital virtually identical to that at Kfar Szold.

Be sure to check out the Omrit Archaeological Excavations Official Student Blog here: http://sites.williams.edu/williamsinomrit/

You will be able to keep up to date with the Williams students are experiencing while participating in the excavation of Omrit, an ancient site in the northeast corner of the Hulah Valley in Israel. The experience allows Williams students to get their hands dirty doing real archaeology field work — as they also study Roman history, world religion, geography, Israeli culture and modern Middle Eastern politics.

Four Williams students at Banias Falls, a site only a few kilometers north of the temple at Omrit. From left to right, Sam O’Donnell ’15, Emily Loveridge ’14, Lydia Heinrichs ’15, and Elvira Miceli ’13.

Four Williams students at Banias Falls, a site only a few kilometers north of the temple at Omrit. From left to right, Sam O’Donnell ’15, Emily Loveridge ’14, Lydia Heinrichs ’15, and Elvira Miceli ’13.

Williams in Omrit is an interdisciplinary learning experience open to all students at Williams College. Students participating in this program travel to Omrit in northern Israel to take part in an archaeological field school co-directed by Professor Benjamin Rubin of the Williams College Classics Department. The excavation season at Omrit normally runs for four-six weeks from late May through late June. This summer Professor Rubin will be taking six students to participate in the project. You can read more about the program here.

Future excavations at Omrit will focus on investigating the urban context of the Herodian temple. If you think that you may be interested in digging at Omrit, please contact Professor Benjamin Rubin (Benjamin.Rubin@williams.edu; phone: 413-597-3731).