Classical Archaeology: Great Sites, Key Issues - CLAS3670

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Luke Lavan 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

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

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

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

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Take responsibility for their personal and professional learning and development;
2 Demonstrate the ability to gather, use and communicate information effectively;
3 Utilise problem-solving skills in a variety of theoretical and practical situations;


  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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