The aim of the seminar is to get the students acquainted with archaeological research and scientific reasoning through deep and critical knowledge of archaeological practice. During these courses students are taught how to prepare written papers on specific topics of either general cultural or specific archaeological interest which, then, are asked to present in the class. This process teaches them to learn how to construct an archaeological argument and how to present it to an audience.
Course Content (Syllabus)
This seminar will explore issues related to the perception of body as biological and social being but also to the different ways that the body is represented in the material culture of the prehistoric Aegean. In particular, the represented body will be considered in association with the evidence of pottery, figurines, seals and jewelry, engraving stelae and frescoes but also with the evidence of the human physical remains. Special attention will be given to the treatment of the deceased and the different aspects of managing the human body in the prehistoric Aegean. Also, the role of gender, age, social status and ethnicity will be considered together with the different roles that the human body can carry through life, e.g. the female-mother, the female-goddess, the male-warrior, the male-hunter, the child dependent on its mother etc. Apart from lectures related to specific thematic topics, this module will be developed in the form of tutorials where articles from international literature concerning the perception of the body will be extensively discussed with the students. Assessment will be based on the participation of the students to tutorials, oral presentation of articles and the evaluation of a written long essay.
archaeology of the body, beautified body, represented body, manipulation of the deceased
Additional bibliography for study
Agarwall S. C. and B. A. Glencross (eds). 2011. Social Bioarchaeology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Boric, D. and J. Robb (eds) 2008. Past Bodies: Body-Centered Research in Archaeology. Oxford: Oxbow Books
Fowler, C. 2004. The archaeology of personhood. London: Routledge
Gowland, R. and C. Knüsel(eds). 2006. Social Bioarchaeology of Funerary Remains. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
Hamilakis, Y., M. Pluciennik and S. Tarlow (eds). 2002. Thinking through the Body: Archaeologies of Corporeality. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.
Joyce, R. A. 2005. Archaeology of the body/ Annual Review of Anthropology 34: 139-158.
Joyce, R. A. 2008. Ancient Bodies, Ancient Lives. London: Thames & Hudson.
Rautman, A. E. (ed). 2000. Reading the Body. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Rebay-Salisbury, K., M-L. Stig Sorensen and J. Hughes (eds). 2010. Body Parts and Bodies Whole. Changing Relations and Meanings. Oxford: Pxbow Books
Sofaer, J. 2006. The Body as Material Culture. A Theoretical Osteoarchaeology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.