The UCLA Fayum Field School was an incredible opportunity to learn the fundamentals of archaeology while being immersed in the rich culture of Egypt. The practical training I received in artifact analysis, excavation technique, and hands-on experience in total station recording has proven invaluable in all archaeological work I've done since and given me a strong fundamental base from which to build my career. Practicality aside, the field school presents the opportunity to experience Egypt in an incredibly unique way. Students are immersed in Egyptian culture; each American student is paired with an Egyptian student, we live in a rural Egyptian village away from the tourist-heavy locales, and elementary Arabic lessons are offered during the first weeks of the season. Atop this, students are encouraged to travel, and I was able to visit Cairo, Dahab, Alexandria, and Luxor during my stay. I quickly fell in love, not only with Egypt's rich past, but also with the nation's vibrant and fun-loving present culture. I highly recommend the Fayum Field School!
-AJ White, UCLA (2009)
Having dreamt of being an archaeologist in Egypt since I was in elementary school, the Fayum Field School offered me a unique opportunity to experience this prospective career first hand. Working in the trenches and adjacent cemetery were the most fulfilling experiences of my undergraduate career, and those long days only reconfirmed my desire to pursue archaeology as a graduate student and as a future career.
-Laura Banashek, UCLA (2009)