Classical Archaeology: Great Sites, Key Issues - CLAS3670

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Ellen Swift checkmark-circle


This module introduces classical archaeology, and the skills needed to study it. The course reviews the subject chronologically, from Minoans to Late Antiquity, and methodologically, covering the evidence and non-invasive research methods employed to make these tell the societal history of Mediterranean societies. It explores key issues such as Greek colonisation, Roman conquest and Romanisation, the nature of Minoan Palaces, and the city of Rome, as well as equipping students with knowledge of practical skills such as military archaeology, numismatics, epigraphy, ceramics, and other finds. We will look at major sites of classical archaeology, from Thera, Knossos, and Lefkandi, to Athens, Vergina, and Rome. We will also explore heritage issues surrounding the appreciation and looting of classical Greek and Hellenistic art.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 130
Total Study Hours: 150



Method of assessment

Assignment 1 (1,500 words) – 40%
Assignment 2 (2,000 words) – 60%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Alcock S. E. and Osborne R. (2007). Classical Archaeology. Oxford: Blackwell
Bispham E. (2008). Roman Europe, 1000 BC-AD 400. Oxford: OUP
Boardman J. (1991). The Oxford History of Greece and the Hellenistic World. Oxford: OUP
Dickinson O. T. P. K. (1994). The Aegean Bronze Age. Cambridge: CUP
Dickinson O. (2006). The Aegean from Bronze Age to Iron Age. London and New York: Routledge
Sørensen, M. L. S. & Carman, J. (eds). Heritage Studies: Methods and Approaches. London: Routledge, 11-28
Wacher J. S. (ed.) (1987). The Roman World (2 vols). London: Routledge
Wilson A. et al (edd.) (2009). Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy. Oxford: OUP

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of Mediterranean culture, with an informed sense of the similarities and differences between it and our own culture.
Demonstrate an understanding a range of techniques and methodologies of study.
Demonstrate familiarity with the basic concepts that underpin the different branches of classical archaeology.
Demonstrate an ability to apply the skills needed for academic study and enquiry in classical archaeology.
Select, gather and synthesise relevant information from a wide variety of sources to gain a coherent understanding.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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