Island Archaeology – Issues of theory and methodology

Course Information
TitleΝησιωτική Αρχαιολογία – Μεθοδολογία και Προβληματική / Island Archaeology – Issues of theory and methodology
CodeΑΠΡ 701
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600015905

Programme of Study: PMS stīn Archaiología, Téchnī kai Politismó

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Proïstorikī ArchaiologíaCompulsory CourseWinter/Spring-15

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
• familiarize with the topic of island archaeology and the theoretical and methodological issues involved • study the historiography of the subject-matter and its development as an archaeological research strategy from the early 70's till today • deal with specific case studies and their archaeology in a comprehensive way which will involve the contribution of other related research sciences (geoarchaeology, palaeogeography, palaeoenvironment) • be able to incorporate their acquired knowledge for understanding prehistoric developments in the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean • take part, if possible, in field research in island environments where they could practice their skills
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Respect natural environment
  • Be critical and self-critical
Course Content (Syllabus)
The seminar concerns the study of the archaeology of the Mediterranean islands focusing especially in the Aegean and Cyprus. Concepts such as island cultures, insularity, identity, exchange, colonization etc will be thoroughly examined using anthropological and historical perspectives and employing specific case studies. The research problems related to the archaeology of the islands and the understanding of island life and culture change will be the focus of particular attention especially in relation to the contribution of paleogeography, sea-level changes, coastal dynamics and palaeonvironment studies. In this context, a rich bibliography concerning geographical areas such as the Pacific islands will be used to document different aspects of island archaeology worldwide.
Islands, colonization, insularity, sea-level change, palaeoenvironment
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Reading Assigment1505
Written assigments1605.3
Student Assessment
Students will be asked to study the selected bibliography given to them weekly, and to be ready to present short papers, individually or in groups, orally or written. Regular attendance and active involvement of students in the courses will be appreciated. They may be also asked to provide a final written paper on the subject
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
• Braudel, F. 1972. The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II, Collins, London. • Broodbank, C. 2000. An Island Archaeology of the Early Cyclades, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. • Cherry, J. F. 1990. The first colonization of the Mediterranean islands: a review of recent research, Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 3.2 (1990) 145-221. • Cherry, J. F. (ed.), 1995. Colonization of Islands, World Archaeology 26. London. • Cherry, J.F. 2004. Mediterranean island prehistory: what’s different and what’s new? In S.M. Fitzpatrick (ed.), Voyages of Discovery: the Archaeology of Islands. Westport. • Efstratiou, N 1985. Agios Petros: A Neolithic Site in the Northern Sporades : Aegean Relationships During the Neolithic of the 5th Millennium, BAR 241. Oxford. • Efstratiou, N,- Karetsou, A - Ntinou, M 2013 The Neolithic Settlement of Knossos in Crete. New Evidence for the Early Occupation of Crete and theAegean Islands. INSTAP Academic Press. • Efstratiou, N 2014. Reaching the island. What next? Material life and socio-historical processes in early Cyprus. In J.M. Webb (ed) Structure, measurement and meaning. Studies on prehistoric Cyprus in honour of David Frankel, 3-11, Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology CXLIII, Astrom Forlag. Uppsala. • Efstratiou, N, 2015. The Final Palaeolithic hunting camp of Ouriakos on the island of Lemnos. In Ammerman, A.J (ed) Island archaeology and the origins of voyaging in the Mediterranean sea, Proceedings of the Workshop ‘Early Seafaring’, Eurasian Prehistory 75-96. • Evans, J. D. 1973. Islands as laboratories for the study of cultural process. In C. Renfrew (ed.), The Explanation of Culture Change: Models in Prehistory, Duckworth, London. Pp. 517-20. • Held, S. O. 1993. Insularity as a modifier of culture change: the case of prehistoric Cyprus, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 292, 25-32. • Horden, P., and N. Purcell 2000. The Corrupting Sea: A Study of Mediterranean History. Oxford. • Patton, M. 1995. Islands in Time: Island Sociogeography and Mediterranean Prehistory London. • Rainbird, P. 1999. Islands out of time: towards a critique of island archaeology, Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 12.2, 216-234. • S. Swiny (ed.). 2002. The Earliest Prehistory of Cyprus: From Colonization to Exploitation. Boston.
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