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The Archaeology of the Greek Mediterranean


Admission requirements

  • World Archaeology 2.2 obtained;

  • This is a seminar with a limited amount of participants (20 students), for Archaeology students exclusively;

  • This is not an optional course for the Archaeology BA3 programme. If you want to take this course as an extra-curricular course in your programme, you should ask permission from the Board of Examiners. You can only be admitted with permission, with proper argumentation, and only if there are spots left.


This course offers an overview of the archaeology of the Greek Mediterranean from the Late Bronze Age to the Classical period through lectures, in-depth discussion of key themes in class, study of a handbook and thematic readings.

Apart from gaining a basic knowledge of Greek archaeology from a Mediterranean perspective, this class invites you to form your own opinion about various current debates in Greek archaeology, such as the Homeric epics, the phenomenon of ‘colonisation’, identity, gender and the role of religion in ancient Greek society.

Course set-up

The course consists of weekly 3-hour sessions. You will prepare for each meeting through obligatory reading materials. The meetings will combine discussions of these reading materials with lectures, and may also include various active learning assignments. In addition, the students study the handbook readings autonomously.

Course objectives

  • Basic knowledge of the archaeology of the Greek Mediterranean and the most important sites discussed in the literature and lectures;

  • Knowledge of the development, structure and functioning of the Greek world;

  • Familiarisation with debates on various aspects of Greek archaeology;

  • Ability to analyse, summarise and critically comment on academic articles on these topics;

  • Ability to form a critical and well-argued view on the debates mentioned above.


Course schedule details can be found in MyTimetable.
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Mode of instruction

  • Lectures combined with group and plenary discussions;

  • Autonomous study.

Course load

  • 21 hours of seminars (1,5 ec);

  • 350 pages of literature (2,5 ec);

  • Assignments (1 ec).

Assessment method

  • Written exam (60%);

  • Assignments (40%).

Following Faculty policy, the student should obtain at least a 5.0 for both the assignments and the exam, and a final grade of at least 5.5 to pass. If a retake is required, only the written exam can be retaken.

Assessment deadlines

All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in MyTimetable.
Log in with your ULCN account, and add this course using the 'Add timetable' button. To view the assessment deadline(s), make sure to select the course with a code ending in T and/or R.

Deadlines for assignments are included in the course syllabus.

Reading list

  • Alcock, S. & Osborne, R. (eds.), Classical Archaeology, 2nd ed. 2012. Oxford. Blackwell-Wiley.

Per meeting there will be 1 or 2 chapters/papers to read. The reading list will be distributed 2 weeks prior to the start of the class. Make sure you are registered for this Brightspace module in time.


Registration in uSis is mandatory. You can register for this course until 5 days before the first class.

Registration in uSis automatically leads to enrollment in the corresponding Brightspace module. Therefore you do not need to enroll in Brightspace, but make sure to register for this course in uSis.

You are required to register for all lectures and tutorials well in time. The Administration Office registers all students for their exams, you are not required to do this in uSis.

Start registration for the BA2 seminars:

  • Series 1: 27 September 2021, 07:00 hrs

  • Series 2: 17 January 2022, 07:00 hrs

  • Series 3: 28 February 2022, 07:00 hrs


For more information about this course, please contact dr. M. (Michael) Kerschner.


Compulsory attendance.