Students who attend the course are expected
• to familiarize themselves with the relative bibliography and the ways of searching articles on the specific topic of the seminar
• to participate in the contemporary discussion on the thematic of the seminar
• to comprehend the theoretical approaches and arguments relative to specific themes
• to develop special skills and get trained to the methodological tools which will enrich them with the ability to present orally and in written form their ideas
Course Content (Syllabus)
The seminar will examine issues related to the management of death as these are reflected in the burial practices from the Neolithic to the Early Iron Age in the Aegean. Thematic topics will be discussed within the context of modern theoretical approaches affecting mortuary archaeology and the ritualization of death while also contemporary ethnographic parallels will be extensively examined. Aspects which will be investigated in paticular concern the manipulation of the deceased (the occurrence of primary and secondary burials, individual and collective burials, inhumation and cremation etc) as well as of associated components of the material culture, the ritualized space and memory, the social status and identities, social ranking and hiererchy reflected in the mortuary arena. In addition, biological features such as the sex and age of the deceased will be dicussed in relation to mortuary behaviour and aspects of material culture.
treatment of the deceased, burial practices, management of the dead body, ritualized space and memory, social and biological identities, prehistoric Aegean
Additional bibliography for study
Branigan, K. (επιμ.). 1998. Cemetery and Society in the Aegean Bronze Age. Sheffield: Sheffield Studies in Aegean Archaeology 1.
Cavanagh, W. και C. Mee. 1998. A Private Place: Death in Prehistoric Greece. Jonsered: Paul Åströms Förlag.
Huntington, R. και P. Metcalf. 1979. Celebrations of Death: the Anthropology of Mortuary Ritual. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Knüsel, C. και R. Gowland (επιμ.) 2006. Social Archaeology of Funerary Remains. Oxford: Oxbow.
Parker Pearson, M. 1999. The Archaeology of Death and Burial. Stroud: Sutton.
Rodden, A. C. G. M. 2004. Death, Mourning and Burial: a Cross-Cultural Reader. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers Ltd.
Tarlow, S. και S. L. Nilsson (επιμ.). 2013. The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Death and Burial. Oxford: Oxford University Press.