Oman - Bat


The UNESCO World Heritage site of Bat, al-Khutm, and al-Ayn in northern Oman was once a major Bronze Age center of ancient “Magan” from 3,000 to 2,000 BCE, with connections to Mesopotamia, Iran, and the Indus Civilization. Unfortunately, the people of Magan did not use writing or glyptic arts to record their history or organize their societies, so we know very little about their way of life. Since 2007, the Bat Archaeological Project (BAP) has been exploring the well preserved 3rd millennium BCE remains at this site, combining GIS-assisted surveys with stratigraphic excavations, radiocarbon dating, and other specialized methodologies – including geomorphology, archaeobotany and geophysical prospection – in order to better understand the social history of this region.  During the 2015 season, we will explore a new area of domestic structures, looking at the transition from an early agricultural town of the Hafit Period (ca. 3,100-2,700 BCE) to a developed Umm an-Nar center of trade and production.  

Oman Bat Archaeology Field School - Institute for Field Research Field Schools Oman - Bat Oman - Bat 18-35 2014-06-20 Study Abroad Archaeology

Course Dates: Jan 16 - Feb 20 2015
Payment Deadline: Jan 1, 2015
Enrollment Status: CLOSED 
Total Cost: $ 4,250 
Course Type: Field Archaeology
Instructors: Dr. Christopher Thornton, Dr. Charlotte Cable, Dr. Ruth Young
Orientation:  TBA



The directors welcome emails and inquiries about the research elements of this project. More general questions (tuition, health insurance, payment schedule) may be addressed by IFR staff. Contacting the directors or the IFR office is encouraged and appreciated. It may help you determine if this field school is a good fit for you.

Christopher Thornton

Dr. Christopher Thornton

Dr. Thornton ( is a Consulting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Museum and Program Officer at the National Geographic Society.  For more information, click here
Charlotte Cable

Dr. Charlotte Cable

Dr. Cable ( is Cultural Heritage Development Manager, Ministry of Heritage and Culture of the Sultanate of Oman.  For more information, click here.
Ruth Young

Dr. Ruth Young

Dr. Young ( is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester (UK).  For more information, click here.


I was part of the 2008 field excavation team at Bat. Initially, I was very nervous as I was the youngest member of the group but it was easy to fit in with the team. The team members were extremely helpful inteaching me proper excavation and photographic techniques. In addition, I was able to explore different avenues of archaeology at the field school. I was able to assist in surveying, watch how GIS is used in the field and try my hand at drawing the pottery sherds. Even five years later, I still think about how much fun I had and how much I learned at the field school. I definitely recommend this program to anyone interested in archaeology.

-Erica Noddings-Zinola, U.C. Davis (2009)


I am grateful to have been part of the 2010 Bat Excavation Season.  Since I had no previous archaeology training or excavation experience, I didn't really know what I was getting myself into, but everyone was very helpful, and took the time to train me and answer my questions.  I was able to participate in every level of the excavation, from hauling rocks to sorting and organizing artifacts, to digitizing field and artifact sketches.  Plus, I got to spend time with wonderful people in an extraordinarily beautiful place.  My time in Oman continues to be one of the best experiences of my life!

-Evie Sessions, Hobart and William Smith Colleges (2010)




Student Fees

Student Fees

Early Enrollment  Ends October 1, 2014. Full payment must be received by this date.
 Payment by Cashier or Personal Check  Payment by Credit Card/Debit Card
Deposit: 500 USD  Deposit:  510 USD 
Tuition:  3,750 USD  Tuition:  3,840 USD 
TOTAL: 4,250 USD TOTAL: 4,350 USD

Enrollment These tuition applies if any payment is made after October 1, 2014.
(Full Payment = Deposit + Tuition)
 Payment by Cashier or Personal Check  Payment by Credit Card/Debit Card
Deposit: 500 USD  Deposit:  510 USD 
Tuition:  3,850 USD  Tuition:  3,940 USD 
TOTAL: 4,350 USD TOTAL: 4,450 USD


Students will live in comfortable houses in the modern town of Bat, and will be provided with lodging while in Muscat.  Bat is located in the hot and dry plateau (1500 meters above sea level) of central Oman, so certain adjustments to the climate will be necessary. The field houses have modern bathrooms and kitchens, and sleeping arrangements are mattresses on the floor or occasionally single bed frames in large communal rooms.    

MEALS:  All meals will be communal events and will provide plenty of nutritious food in the tradition of the local cuisine. The daily diet in Oman is heavily based on rice, bread, and vegetables, with only occasional meat.  Specialized diets (vegan, kosher, etc.) are difficult to maintain in Oman, but vegetarian and halal diets are easy. Food allergies are taken very seriously and will be accommodated as best as possible.  All students are assigned to a daily and weekly chore rotation.