The Archaic Period in the Eastern Aegean

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Archaic Period in the Eastern Aegean

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Period 2 + 3

    Level: 300

    COURSE OBJECTIVE
    This is an advanced course in Mediterranean archaeology focusing on cultural developments during a distinct period in one of the key regions of the Aegean. Students work independently on specific research topics. The main aim is training in carrying out research, and giving oral and written presentations of research results.

    COURSE CONTENT
    The central theme is the eastern Aegean in the Archaic period (western shores of Asia Minor and off-coast islands, ca. 700-480 BC). Within this general framework, specific topics are studied, including various dimensions of cult, funerary practices, trade and crafts, city-country relationships, colonization, external contacts, as well as cross- relations between these sub-themes. The individual contributions should, taken together, provide insights in the dynamics of this formative era.

    TEACHING METHODS
    Lectures, tutorials.

    TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
    On a scale from 1-10. Written presentation (essay) 70%, written assignments 10%, oral presentation 20%. Minimum score to be obtained for the essay is 5,5.

    RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE
    Basic knowledge of archaeological methods (excavation, dating methods) and ancient Greek material culture (periodization, artefact and architecture classification). Participants should be able to read specialised literature in English and German, and give an oral presentation and participate in class room discussions in English. Written presentation in English or Dutch.

    TARGET AUDIENCE
    Archaeology students, Ancient Studies students

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