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“Friends of Tel Dor” Fund
Box 353110
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3110

What does it take to run an Excavation and Field School?

  • People

    Faculty, on-site instructors and staff, and a large contingent of student volunteers. It takes our team. Every year, we need to pay for the airfare and housing of the core Seattle staff; every year, we need to pay for the instructors and staff who teach our student volunteers in the field and in the school; every year, we need to make this opportunity as affordable as possible for the volunteers who wish to join out team.
  • Equipment

    Tools, tents, buckets, wheelbarrows, transits, and computers. Every year, we must replace old and broken tools with new, so that our work proceeds as safely and effectively as possible.
  • Conservation and Analysis

    The excavation of artifacts is only the first stage of an excavation. Every year, we have thousands of artifacts that must be cleaned, preserved, and recorded for posterity.
  • Core Costs

    Although the program fees paid by student volunteers cover fully the tuition, room, board, and participation fees required by the Israeli Antiquities Authority, these fees cover none of the operating costs outlined above. Our core instructional costs (airfare, where applicable; room and board) amount to approximately $17,000 a year; upkeep of tools and equipment add another $2000. Finally, as we are deeply dedicated to keeping this opportunity as accessible as possible to as many students as possible, our ability to provide program fee offset to all participants, and substantial scholarships to a small number of exceptional applicants, continues to be a top priority.
  • Funding

    The UW Tel Dor Excavation and Field School is an opportunity like no other. It is the only field school on the west coast with a site in Israel and, indeed, one of the few in the country. Unlike many other field school, we are the only field school that grants participants a full quarter’s worth of university credit, and the only one that allows participants to work on advanced research projects in their areas of interest. Finally, the UW program enables American, European, and Israeli scholars and students to work, live, and learn side by side for a full five weeks, breaking down cultural barriers and building new bridges of companionship and understanding. The lessons learned during the five week field school change lives and last lifetimes. Although the UW Tel Dor Excavation and Field School is a University of Washington sponsored program, this sponsorship is a purely administrative and academic one. We receive no financial support whatever from the University of Washington for our project, nor do we have any corporate or institutional sponsors. We are able to continue to offer this innovative, one-of-a-kind opportunity to students and community members—we are able to continue to “do Dor”—only by virtue of the generous donations of private individuals like you.