Early Seafaring in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean – Archaeological research and cultural reconstructions

Course Information
TitleΗ Πρώιμη Ναυσιπλοΐα στο Αιγαίο και την Ανατολική Μεσόγειο – Ζητήματα αρχαιολογικής έρευνας και ερμηνείας / Early Seafaring in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean – Archaeological research and cultural reconstructions
CodeΑΠΡ 702
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600015919

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
• be able to study in depth thie subject-matter of early seafaring and explore its theoretical and methodological aspects • appreciate the importance of the topic in relation to the understanding of the early cultural developments in the Mediterranean area • get familiar with the archaeological problems involved in the study of the topic (archaeological visibility, geomorphological developments, navigation technology etc • review critically the different views and archaeological intepretations suggested for the subject, evaluating especially all the evidence available
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)
In this series of courses the subject of 'early seafaring' in the Mediterranean and the Aegean regions will be discussed as well as the use of the different concepts such as sea navigation and sea voyaging. The topic has become in recent years a particularly attractive subject of study especially among archaeologists who try to understand early prehistoric developments in the region in the last 20.000 years (spread of farming, colonization, demic diffusion) or to explore some even more exciting research hypothesis such as the travelling of early hominids by sea in the Lower Palaeolithic (Crete, Cyprus). All these will be presented and discussed during the seminar with the archaeological data and the hypotheses put forward critically examined and commented upon
seafaring, island archaeology, colonization
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
• Ammerman, A. J. 2010. The first Argonauts: towards the Study of the earliest Seafaring in the Mediterranean. In Global Origins and Development of Seafaring, A. Anderson, J. Barrett, and K. Boyle (eds.). Cambridge, McDonald Institute, 81-92. • Ammerman, A. J. 2011. The Paradox of early Voyaging in the Mediterranean and the Slowness of the Neolithic Transition between Cyprus and Italy. In Seascapes in Aegean Prehistory, G. Vavouranakis (ed.). Athens, Danish Institute of Athens, 11-29. •Ammerman, A.J. and Thomas D, (eds) 2015. Island archaeology and the orIgIns of seafarIng In the eastern MedIterranean Proceedings of the Wenner Gren Workshop held at Reggio Calabria on October 19-21, 2012 • Anderson, A., Barrett, J. and K. Boyle (eds.). 2010. The Origins and Development of Seafaring: toward a global Approach. Cambridge, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. • Bednarik, R. 2003. Seafaring in the Pleistocene, Cambridge Archaeological Journal 13, 41–46. • Brookbank, C. 2006. The Origins and early Development of Mediterranean Maritime Activity, Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 19, 199-230 • 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, 2015. • Lambeck K. and Purcell A, 2005. Sea-level change in the Mediterranean Sea since the LGM: model predictions for tectonically stable areas, Quaternary Science Review, 24, 18-19, 1969-1988. • Tourloukis, V. 2010. The Early and Middle Pleistocene Archaeological Record of Greece: Current Status and Future Prospects. Leiden: Leiden University Press. • van Andel, Tjeerd H., and Judith C. Shackleton 1982. Late Paleolithic and Mesolithic Coastlines of Greece and the Aegean, Journal of Field Archaeology 9, 445-454. • Vigne, J. D., Briois, F., Zazzo, A., Willcox, G., Cucchi, T., Thiebault, S., Carrere, I., Franel, Y., Touquet, R., Martin, C., Moreau, C., Comby, C. and J. Guilaine 2012. First Wave of Cultivators Spread to Cyprus at least 10,600 y ago, PNAS 109, 22, 8445-8449.
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