Course Information
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600019199

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Istorías kai Archaiologías 2020-2021

Registered students: 75
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS

Class Information
Academic Year2023 – 2024
Class PeriodWinter
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 (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
With the succesful completion of the course the student will gain a basic knowledge of the formation of Archaeological Theory as well as of the basic analytical and synthetic methods adopted by Archaology towards the study of prehistoric societies. Students will familiarise themselves with the main theorhetical approaches of the study of the human past and its archaeological remains, as these were shaped during the shaping of Archaeology as a discipline in the sphere of Humanities, from its early days to the present. Students will acquire knowledge of a wide range of methods employed by Archaeology for the collection of archaeological evidence, its study and interpretation. On a basic level students should be able to recongise the theoretical background to archaeological argumentation. They will understand the principles of analytical techniques applicable in archaeology and choose those appropriate for answering specific arcaeological questions. Within the framework of the course, students will be able to obtain first hand overview of some of the methodological tools presented in class, by short laboratory sessions at specific facilities of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • 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 – (includes short laboratory sessions) Technology and material science. Lithics, Ceramics. Metalwork Lecture 10 (includes short laboratory sessions) Environmental archaeology and bioarchaeology. Lecture 11 Archaeology and society. Educational programs. Museums and archaeological sites Lecture 12 Fundamental concepts of museology. Archaeological cultural management. Lecture 13 Attending an educational program at the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki
prehistoric archaeology, archaeological theory nd method, archaeological field techniques, archaeological anaytical techniques
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
  • short laboratory sessions
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, e-learning E-mail
Course Organization
Laboratory Work18
Reading Assigment85
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities9
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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