Course Information
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID280004378

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Students should preferably have successfully followed APR 101
Learning Outcomes
With the succesful completion of the course the student will gain a basic knowledge of the various schools and trends of archaeological thought. They will also be in a position to recognize the theoretical background of published archaeologicl arguments. They will understand the principles of analytical techniques applicable in archaeology and choose those appropriate for answering specific arcaeological questions.
General Competences
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The principal directions in theoretical archaeological thought of the 20th and 21st century are discussed in the first part of these lectures. The main principles of culture history, processual and post processual archaeology are discussed, as well as their contemporary synthesis. The second part is devoted to the methods and techniques which support contemporary archaeology, excavation and field work, landscape archaeology, archaeometry and bioarchaeology. Finally, some issues concerning public archaeology and the place of archaeology in the contemporary world are briefly presented. Lecture 1 History of Archeological Thought. From the Renaissance to the Contemporary World Lecture 2 Theory of Archaeology: Culture History, New Archaeology and anthropological archaeology, processual archaeology Lecture 3 Theory of archaeology: Contemporary trends and schools. Postprocessual archaeology, interpretative archaeology Lecture 4 Theory of archaeology: Contemporary trends and schools. Theory of material culture, archaeology of identities, gender archaeologies Lecture 5 Field archaeology: Excavations, basic principles. Lecture 6 Field archaeology: Techniques and methods. Computers and archaeology. Basic statistics in archaeology. GIS in archaeology Lecture 7 Field archaeology: Archaeological surface survey. Geophysical and remote prospection. Underwater archaeology Lecture 8 Chronology. Conventional dating techniques, laboratory dating techniques Lecture 9 – Laboratory Technology and material science. Lithics, Ceramics. Metalwork Lecture 10 Environmental archaeology and bioarchaeology. Zooarchaeology. , Lecture 11 Archaeology and society. Educational programs. Museums and archaeological sites Lecture 12 Fundamental concepts of museology. Archaeological cultural management, legislation Lecture 13 Visit to Museums and sites in Thessaloniki
prehistoric archaeology, archaeological theory nd method, archaeological field techniques, archaeological anaytical techniques
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
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
Power Point projection, Blackboard E-mail
Course Organization
Laboratory Work180.6
Reading Assigment953.2
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities90.3
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Renfrew, C. and Bahn, P. 2001. Αρχαιολογία. Θεωρία, Μεθοδολογία και Πρακτικές Εφαρμογές. Καρδαμίτσας Hodder, Ian 2002. Διαβάζοντας το Παρελθόν. Εκδόσεις 21ου. Αθήνα B.G. Trigger, 2005. Μια ιστορία της αρχαιολογικής σκέψης. Εκδόσεις Αλεξάνδρεια
Additional bibliography for study
Βασική εισαγωγική βιβλιογραφία για τη Θεωρία της Αρχαιολογίας Binford, L. 1972. An Archaeological Perspective. New York: Academic Press Binford, L. R., and S. R. Binford. 1968. New Perspectives in Archaeology. New York: Academic Press. Childe, V. G. 1958. Retrospect. Antiquity 32:69-74. Clarke, D. L. 1968. Analytical Archaeology. London: Methuen. Hodder, I. 1982. Symbols in Action. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. —. 1984. Archaeology in 1984. Antiquity LVIII:30. —. 1986. Reading the Past. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. —. 1990. Archaeology and the Post-modern. Anthropology Today 6:13-15. —. 2001. Archaeological Theory Today. Cambridge: Polity Press. Renfrew, C. 1984. Approaches to Social Archaeology. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Shanks, M., and C. Tilley. 1987a. Re-constructing Archaeology: Theory and Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. —. 1987b. Social Theory and Archaeology. Cambridge: Polity Press. Χουρμουζιάδης, Γ.Χ. 1978. Το νεολιθικό Διμήνι. Βόλος Βασικά εγχειρίδια Johnson, Matthew 2010. Archaeological Theory. An introduction. Blackwell Publishers, Oxford. Green, Kevin 2002. Archaeology: An Introduction. Routledge, London. Gamble, Clive 2004. Archaeology. The basics. Routledge, London.
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