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CLU22122 Archaeology of Minoan Crete

This module explores the archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age with a focus on Crete and the Cyclades. We will consider the development of Minoan palatial society and the nature of elite power; aesthetic and technological achievements in art and architecture; the nature of Bronze Age religion; interaction with Egypt and the Near East. Small group seminars will include practical sessions with artefacts such as pottery and figurines, building skills in analysing imagery, and discussion of ethics and heritage issues.
  • Module Organiser:
    • Dr Christine Morris
  • Duration:
    • Semester 2
  • Contact Hours:
    • 16 (11 lectures, 5 seminars)
  • Weighting:
    • 5 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • 100% coursework (two written assignments)
  • Course Open To:
    • Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology; TJH Ancient History and Archaeology; Columbia Dual Degree; Ancient and Medieval History and Culture; Visiting; Open Module

Learning Outcomes

On successful conclusion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate sound geographical knowledge of the Mediterranean world in the Bronze Age.
  • Apply visual and spatial skills to the analysis of artefacts, architectural plans and other archaeological diagrams.
  • Apply knowledge of the basic character of the Aegean Bronze Age, including major events, historical processes, cultural interaction, and the artistic and technological achievements of the Minoans
  • Engage with the specific problems of studying a prehistoric period and the relevant theoretical approaches
  • Evaluate the major debates and scholarship relevant to the module topics.
  • Discuss the above, both orally and in written form, in a clear and scholarly manner