The International MA Program in Prehistoric Archaeology will be carried out in one of the world's most dynamic centers for prehistoric research. Both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a biosphere reserve, Mount Carmel reveals a nearly 500,000 year-long sequence of human evolution exposed in caves, rock shelters and open-air sites along mountain valleys and the nearby coastal plain. Unlike any other region in the world, Mount Carmel’s key sites, such as the caves of Tabun and Skhul, preserve evidence of both modern humans and Neanderthal populations, at sites less than 100 meters from each other. For over 80 years, research expeditions working in Mount Carmel have investigated “Out of Africa” human expansions, the role of past climate change in the evolution of culture, as well as the establishment of agriculture and the emergence of farming villages - all issues at the heart of world prehistory research.
The program focuses on the prehistory and paleoenvironment of Mount Carmel and each student can choose to specialize in one of many relevant topics, such as lithic, faunal, geological and palynological studies. Students can benefit from a rich variety of courses focusing on prehistoric studies, as well as from a range of additional key topics including environmental archaeology, archaeological method and theory and archaeology of the Southern Levant.
The one-year program is taught in English over three consecutive semesters from October until September. Students wishing to pursue the thesis track will need to submit a research thesis within one year of completing their coursework, which may require remaining at the university for an additional one or two semesters.
Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded a Master of Arts in Archaeology from the Faculty of Humanities and the Department of Archaeology.