Mortuary Archaeology: managing with death in the prehistoric Aegean

Course Information
TitleΤαφική Αρχαιολογία: η διαχείριση του θανάτου στο προϊστορικό Αιγαίο / Mortuary Archaeology: managing with death in the prehistoric Aegean
CodeΑΠΡ 715
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600015953

Programme of Study: PMS stīn Archaiología, Téchnī kai Politismó

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OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Proïstorikī ArchaiologíaCompulsory CourseWinter/Spring-15

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
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
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
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
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Selected bibliography
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment963.2
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities602
Written assigments1204
Student Assessment
Students will have to study and present weekly selected articles from the Greek or foreign literature in order to develop in a critical way their arguments and get involved in a thorough discussion. In addition, students will have to prepare the oral presentation of a topic which will be selected from a proposed list and will be submitted in written form by the end of the semester.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
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.
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