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The Archaeology of the Greek Mediterranean


Admission requirements

Admission to the Master Archaeology programme.


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

Apart from gaining knowledge of Greek material culture, this course invites you to form your own opinion about various current debates in Greek archaeology, as e.g. the Homeric epics, the phenomenon of ‘colonisation’, 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. The handbook is meant to provide broader background knowledge.

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of the archaeology of the Greek Mediterranean and the most important sites, monuments and artefacts 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.
Log in with your ULCN account, and add this course using the 'Add timetable' button.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures combined with group and plenary discussions;

  • Autonomous study.

Assessment method

  • Essay (60%);

  • 2 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

Handbook: Alcock, S. & Osborne, R. (eds.), Classical Archaeology, 2nd ed. 2012. Oxford. Blackwell-Wiley (This publication is available online free of charge on the website of the University Library).

Per meeting there will be 1 or 2 chapters/papers to read. The reading list will be distributed 1 week prior to the start of the course.


Enrolment through MyStudymap is mandatory.

General information about registration can be found on the Course and Exam Enrolment page.


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


Compulsory attendance.