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Unit information: Introduction to Aegean and Greek Archaeology in 2014/15

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Unit name Introduction to Aegean and Greek Archaeology
Unit code ARCH14008
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Hodos
Open unit status Open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

This course provides an introduction to the main developments in Aegean Prehistory and Greek Archaeology, from c. 3000 to 200 BC. Topics discussed will include settlement types and patterns, burial traditions, architecture, social organisation, artistic achievements, literacy, religion and economics.

Aims:

  • To introduce students to the key issues informing the archaeological analysis of Aegean and Greek material culture and art from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period.
  • To familiarise students with the main archaeological features and chronological developments of Aegean and Greek civilisations.
  • To encourage students to develop a critical understanding of the relevant archaeological sources and their interpretations.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of the unit, a successful student will be able to:

  1. Appraise the key issues informing the archaeological analysis of Aegean and Greek material culture and art from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period.
  2. Recognise the main archaeological features and chronological developments of Aegean and Greek civilisations.
  3. Assess critically the relevant archaeological sources and their interpretations.

Teaching details

Lectures (2 x one-hour per week)

Assessment Details

Two 50 minute in-class tests (25% each) Assesses ILOs 1-3 One 2000 word essay (50%). Assesses ILOs 1-3

Reading and References

  • Shelmerdine, C. (ed) The Cambridge Companion to the Aegean Bronze Age (Cambridge 2008)
  • Dickinson, O.T.P.K. The Aegean Bronze Age (Cambridge 1994)
  • Mee, C. (2011) Greek Archaeology: a thematic approach (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell)
  • Neer, R. (2012) Art and Archaeology of the Greek World: a new history, c. 2500-c. 150 BCE (London: Thomas and Hudson)
  • Whitley, J. (2001) The Archaeology of Ancient Greece (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

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