Τhe northern Aegean in the 3rd and 2nd mill. BC: Alternative pathways to social and economic complexity

Course Information
TitleΤο Βόρειο Αιγαίο στην 3η και 2η χιλ. π.Χ.: Εναλλακτικές πορείες προς την κοινωνική και οικονομική πολυπλοκότητα / Τhe northern Aegean in the 3rd and 2nd mill. BC: Alternative pathways to social and economic complexity
CodeΑΠΡ 718
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600015960

Programme of Study: PMS stīn Archaiología, Téchnī kai Politismó

Registered students: 5
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Proïstorikī ArchaiologíaCompulsory CourseWinter/Spring-15

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
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
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • 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)
Until the end of the 5th millennium BC, the northern Aegean communities appear to have played a significant and dynamic role in the formation of the cultural processes which developed in southeast Europe and the Aegean during the Neolithic. The emergence of hirearchical societies and centralised adminstrative and political systems in the southern Aegean would contribute to the formation of dramatically different trajectories taken place in the southern Aegean communities compared to their northern Aegean counterparts. The current seminar will investigate issues on the organization and use of space, the technological traditions and novelties, the use of raw materials and the exchange systems and networks, the social and ritual practices as well as the burial practices which distinguish the communities in the northern Aegean. Special emphasis will be given to local traditions while cultural and technological features adopted selectively from the surrounding regions of the Balkans and the southern Aegean will also be considered.
organization of space, technological traditions and novelites, exchange systems and networks, burial practices, character of the northern Aegean communities
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 / activities
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.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
Andreou, S. 2001. Exploring the Patterns of Power in the Bronze Age Settlements of Northern Greece. Στο Branigan, K. (επιμ.), Urbanism in the Aegean Bronze Age, 160-173. London and New York: Sheffield Academic Press. Sheffield Studies in Aegean Archaeology. Andreou, S. 2010. Northern Aegean. Στο Cline, Ε. H. (επιμ.), The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean (ca. 3000-1000 BC), 643-659. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Andreou, S, M. Fotiadis, και K. Kotsakis. 1996. The Neolithic and Bronze Age of Northern Greece. AJA 100: 537-597. Andreou, S, M. Fotiadis, και K. Kotsakis. 2001. The Neolithic and Bronze Age of Northern Greece. Στο Cullen, T. (επιμ.), Aegean Prehistory: A Review, Boston, Archaeological Institute of America, AJA Supplement I, 259-319, Reprint of AJA 100.3 (1996). Andreou, S. και K. Psaraki. 2007. Tradition and Innovation in the Bronze Age Pottery of the Thessaloniki Toumba. Food and drink consumption and 'tableware' ceramics. Στο Todorova, H., M. Stefanovich και G Ivanov (επιμ.), The Struma/Strymon River Valley in Prehistory: Proceedings of the International Symposium Strymon Praehistoricus, Kjustendil-Blagoevgrad (Bulgaria) and Serres-Amphipolis (Greece), 27.09-01.10.2004, In the Steps of James Harvey Gaul 2, 397-420. Düsseldorf: Gerda Henkel Stiftung. Grammenos, D. V. (επιμ). 2003. Recent Research in the Prehistory of the Balkans. Thessaloniki: The Archaeological Institute of Northern Greece, Publications of the Archaeological Institute of Northern Greece 3. Kiriatzi, Ε., S. Andreou, S. Dimitriadis, και K. Kotsakis. 1997. Co-existing Traditions: Handmade and Wheelmade Pottery in Late Bronze Age Central Macedonia. Στο Laffineur, R. και P. P. Betancourt (επιμ.), TEHNI: Craftsmen, Craftswomen and Craftsmanship in the Aegean Bronze Age. Proceedings of the 6th International Aegean Conference, Philadelphia, Temple University, 18-21 April 1996. Aegaeum 16, 361-367. Université de Liège, Histoire de l'art et archéologie de la Grèce antique; University of Texas at Austin, Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory. Kiriatzi, Ε. και S. Andreou. 2016. Mycenaean and Mycenaeanising Pottery across the Mediterranean: A Multi-Scalar Approach to Technological Mobility, Transmission and Appropriation. Στο Kiriatzi, Ε. και C. Knappett, (επιμ.) Human Mobility and Technological Transfer in the Prehistoric Mediterranean, 128-153. British School at Athens Studies in Greek Antiquity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Psaraki, K. και S Andreou. 2010. Regional Processes and Interregional Interactions in Northern Greece during the Early Second Millennium B.C. Στο Philippa-Touchais, A., G. Touchais, S. Voutsaki, και J. Wright (επιμ.), Mesohelladika. Μεσοελλαδικά: La Grèce continentale au Bronze Moyen. Η ηπειρωτική Ελλάδα στη Μέση εποχή του Χαλκού. The Greek Mainland in the Middle Bronze Age. Actes du colloque international organisé par l'École française d'Athènes, en collaboration avec l'American School of Classical Studies at Athens et le Netherlands Institute in Athens, Athènes, 8-12 mars 2006, BCH Suppl. 52, 995-2003. Athènes: École française d'Athènes. Στεφανή, E., Ν. Μερούσης, και Α. Δημουλά (επιμ). 2002. 1912-2012. Εκατό χρόνια έρευνας στην προϊστορική Μακεδονία: Πρακτικά διεθνούς συνεδρίου, Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Θεσσαλονίκης, 22-24 Νοεμβρίου 2012. A Century of Research in Prehistoric Macedonia: International Conference Proceedings, Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, 22-24 November 2012, Έκδοση Αρχαιολογικού Μουσείου Θεσσαλονίκης 22, Θεσσαλονίκη: Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Θεσσαλονίκης. Triantaphyllou, S. 2001. A Bioarchaeological Approach to Prehistoric Cemetery Populations from Western and Central Greek Macedonia. Oxford, Archaeopress, BAR-IS 976. Triantaphyllou, S. και S. Andreou. υπό εκτύπωση. Claiming social identities in the mortuary landscape of the Late Bronze Age communities of Macedonia. Στο J. Murphy και K. Shelton (επιμ.), Death in Late Bronze Age Greece Valamoti, S. M. 2004. Plants and People in Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Northern Greece: An archaeobotanical investigation. Oxford, Archaeopress, BAR-IS 1258. Wardle, K. A. 1993. Mycenaean Trade and Influence in Northern Greece. Στο Zerner, C., P. Zerner, και J. Winder (επιμ.) Wace and Blegen: Pottery as Evidence for Trade in the Aegean Bronze Age 1939-1989. Proceedings of the International Conference held at the American School of Classical Studies, Athens, Dec. 2-3, 1989, 117-141. Amsterdam: J.C. Gieben.
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