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Spring-Summer 2002
Vol. 64, No. 3

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Expanding on 10 years of groundbreaking archaeological work in Yodefat, Israel, the University is preparing to undertake a similar excavation project in Arezzo, Italy, this summer.

Mordechai Aviam, adjunct professor of Judaic studies at the University, and William Scott Green, Philip Bernstein Professor of Judaic Studies and dean of the College-the same team that led the Yodefat project-will direct components of the new work.

Principal sponsors are the Center for Judaic Studies at the University and the Comune d'Arezzo.

As at Yodefat, the project will be carried out with the assistance of Rochester students and other students from the United States and Italy.

Plans are under way for the first group from Rochester to take part in an eight-week course at the site from July 6 to August 5.

A Tuscan city well known in the world of Roman archaeology, Arezzo was one of the most important centers of pottery production in the first centuries B.C.E.

Arezzo's red glazed ware was used throughout the Mediterranean and has a close connection with Yodefat, the early Roman site excavated in Israel with teams of Rochester students and other participants from 1991 to 2001.

Arezzo also is home to the College's Italian Studies in Tuscany Program. Each spring, the program offers academic courses in Italian civilization along with life experiences in an Italian community.

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