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Archaeological and Geoscience Research on the Buried Great Synagogue

Term To Study: Summer 2020
Application Deadline: Nov 16, 2019
Program Starts: Jul 05, 2020
Program Ends: Jul 19, 2020
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $3,600
Link 1: Finding Matilda
Link 2: The Discoveries at the Great Synagogue of Vilna
Link 3: Blog of Previous Program
Link 4: The Jerusalem Post
Link 5: Pillars and Mikveh Discovered at Lithuanian Synagogue Destroyed During Holocaust
Link 6: Yahoo News Article
Program Locations: Vilnius
Contact Phone: 757-594-8083
Contact Name: Dr. Richard Freund And Dr. Chris Tweedt
Contact Email:
What is Included: Airfare, accommodation, group activities, ground transportation, and international health insurance
What is not Included: Tuition, meals, travel insurance
Program Description

Students will be involved in the first-hand excavation of the Great Synagogue of Vilna, Lithuania, destroyed during the Holocaust and then the remains buried under a local elementary school. Students will be performing all of the tasks from geoscience surveys, mapping, excavating, cleaning of finds, and cataloging, photographing, and daily study about the 500-year famed history of the Jews of Vilnius, known by Napoleon as the "Jerusalem of the North." The work will include learning about archaeology, numismatics, ceramics, architecture, geoscience, mapping, and local culture. the work will include site visits in Lithuania to labor camps built by the Nazis and learning about the Holocaust in Lithuania through visits to museums. Student projects will include photo essay and filming interviews with local Lithuanian students, scholars, visitors to the site and leaders.

Quick Facts

Population: 3525761
Capital: Vilnius
Per-capita GDP: $ 19100
Size: 65300 km2
Time Zone: (GMT + 02:00 hours) Kaliningrad

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