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 organization of the settlements, their variability within the natural landscape of the island, the technological novelties and traditions, the contacts and interconnections of the communities before the emergence of the first palaces in Crete. Special emphasis will be given on the burial customs and practices, the mortuary architecture and the manipulation of the deceased as well as on the associated artefacts and the outside areas which will be approached as mnemonic landmarks and social arenas integrated by the living communities. The primary aim of the seminar will be the reconstruction of the prepalatial societies derived from the archaeological evidence and current theoretical discussions. The aim of the seminar is to familiarize the students with the archaeological research and scientific reasoning through deep and critical knowledge of the archaeological practice, to train the students to manage and analyze archaeological matters through the use of greek and international bibliography, to learn the students on how to proceed to the deep knowledge of archaeological issues, to train the students to the team working of the oral presentation of articles and to the individual academic writing, to educate the students on good practices and management of archaeological material and issues of cultural heritage Assessment will be based on the participation of the students to tutorials (20%), oral presentation of articles (30%) and the evaluation of a written long essay (50%).
Additional bibliography for study
Cappel, Sarah, Ute Günkel-Maschek, and Diamantis Panagiotopoulos, eds. 2015. Minoan Archaeology: Perspectives for the 21st Century. Proceedings of the International PhD and Post-Doc Conference at Heidelberg, 23-27 March 2011.
Day, Peter M., Maria Relaki, and Simona Todaro. 2010. Living from Pots? Ceramic Perspectives on the Economies of Prepalatial Crete. Political Economies of the Aegean Bronze Age: Papers from the Langford Conference, Florida State University, Tallahassee, 22–24 February 2007, Pullen, Daniel J., ed. Oxford and Oakville: Oxbow Books.
Murphy, Joanne M. A. 2011. Landscape and Social Narratives: A Study of Regional Social Stuctures in Prepalatial Crete. Prehistoric Crete: Regional and Diachronic Studies on Mortuary Systems, Murphy, Joanne M. A., ed. Philadelphia: INSTAP Academic Press.
Relaki, Maria and Yiannis Papadatos, eds. 2018. From the Foundations to the Legacy of Minoan Archaeology: Studies in honour of Professor Keith Branigan, Sheffield Studies in Aegean Archaeology 12, Oxford and Philadelphia: Oxbow Books.
Schoep, Ilse, Peter Tomkins, and Jan Driessen, eds. 2012. Back to the Beginning: Reassessing Social and Political Complexity on Crete during the Early and Middle Bronze Age, Oxford and Oakville: Oxbow Books.
Wilson, David. 2008. Early Prepalatial Crete. The Cambridge Companion to the Aegean Bronze Age Shelmerdine, Cynthia W., ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.