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This subject takes an in-depth look at the latest debates and discoveries in the study of the Bronze Age Aegean (Minoan Crete, Mycenaean Greece, and Cycladic Islands) from 3000-1000 BCE. In addition, it considers the role of Prehistoric Greece in the broader field of archaeology. The focus may vary from year to year, but areas of analysis include the history of archaeological practice in Greece, prehistoric production and exchange, ceramics and prestige goods, the interpretation of iconography and architecture, the identification and analysis of Aegean religion, the emergence and collapse of complex societies in Crete and in Greece, and current controversies in the interpretation of archaeological remains with regard to gender, kingship, ethnicity, and feasting.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject should:
- acquire an understanding of the latest debates in Greek archaeology;
- understand how archaeologists use theory and texts to interpret material culture and to reconstruct cultural continuity and change;
- be able to evaluate the interpretive constructs (theory) used by archaeologists in Greece to address specific empirical problems and issues.
Last updated: 3 November 2022