Course Information
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID280004372

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Istorías kai Archaiologías 2015-2019

Registered students: 41
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses belonging to the selected specializationWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID

Class Schedule

FloorFloor 1
HallΑΙΘΟΥΣΑ 111 (131)
CalendarMonday 16:00 to 18:30
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
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)
General Prerequisites
It is advisable that the students have attended APR101 and APR602 but not a necessary prerequisite
Learning Outcomes
Students familiarize themselves with bioarchaeological remains, their potential and limitations in addressing archaeological questions. Students acquire basic knowledge in retrieval techniques in the field and are trained for sorting archaeobotanical and other bioarchaeological remains.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • 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 course examines the contribution of archaeobotanical and zooarchaeological remains towards the investigation of prehistoric societies. Methodological issues on and off-field (sampling, sample processing, quantification, interpretation of the data) are considered. Through the examination of plant and animal remains incorporated in the archaeological deposits as a result of human daily activities, this course attempts an approach of prehistoric food production, storage and consumption, plant and animal use in relation to settlement space and surrounding environment. The course involves laboratory sessions on both plant and animal remains. The course is organized as follows: - Environment and archaeology. The discipline of Environmental archaeology: materials and aims. Introduction to Bioarchaeology. - Archaeobotany and Zooarchaeology the two main elements constituting the subject of bioarchaeology. Types of bioarchaeological remains and archaeological research questions addressed. - Preservation of bioarchaeological remains in the archaeological sediments. - Sampling methodology and recovery techniques for bioarcheological remains in the field and the laboratory. - Macro and micro-botanical remains: the basics of identification and data processing. Laboratory in archaeobotany. - Macro and micro-botanical remains: environment, vegetation, domestication, cultivation, storage, diet. - Zooarchaeology: presentation of faunal remains. Laboratory in zooarchaeology. - Zooarchaeology methods and research questions addressed via the zooarchaeological record.
Bioarchaeology, Archaeozoology, Archaeobotany, methodology
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Teaching is carried out through lectures and laboratory sessions. Lectures involve the use of power point.
Course Organization
Laboratory Work90.3
Reading Assigment652.2
Student Assessment
Written examination
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Βαλαμώτη, Σ. Η αρχαιοβοτανική έρευνα της διατροφής στην προϊστορική Ελλάδα, University Studio Press, Θεσσαλονίκη 2009
Additional bibliography for study
Ενδεικτικά παρατίθενται κάποιες βιβλιογραφικές παραπομπές. 1. Halstead, P. 1996. The development of agriculture and pastoralism in Greece: when, how, who and what? Στο D.R. Harris (εκδ.) 1996. The Origins and Spread of Agriculture and Pastoralism in Eurasia. London, University College Press. 297-309. 2. Hansen, J. 1992. Franchthi cave and the beginnings of agriculture in Greece and the Aegean. Prehistoire de l’Agriculture: Nouvelles Approches Experimentales et Ethnographiques. Monographie du CRA n.6. Paris, Editions CNRS. 231-247. 3. Andreou, S. and Kotsakis, Κ. 1994. Prehistoric rural communities in perspective: the Langadas survey project. Στο P. N. Doukelis και L. G. Mendoni (εκδ..) Structures Rurales et Sociétés Antiques, 17-25. Paris, Annales Litteraires de l’Université de Besançon. 4. Athanasiadis, A. and Gerasimidis, N. 1995. Woodland history of northern Greece from the mid Holocene to recent time based on evidence from peat pollen profiles. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 4, 109-116. 5. Valamoti, S. M. 2004. Plants and People in Neolithic and Early Bronze Age northern Greece. B.A.R. 1258, Oxford. 6. Megaloudi, F. 2006. Plants and Diet in Greece from Neolithic to Classical Periods. B.A.R. , Oxford.
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