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Aegean Bronze Age civilisations

Course 2010-2011

Compulsory attendance


Prerequisites and restrictions

“Propedeuse” Archaeology obtained.

Course description

This course will present the origins and development of the Minoan, Cycladic and Mycenaean civilisations in the Aegean region. Ecological, social, economic and symbolic aspects of these cultures will be analysed for these first European civilisations.

Learning outcomes

  • To follow the long-term evolution of society in the Aegean from Neolithic to Final Bronze Age times;
  • To evaluate academic theories regarding the origins and nature of Europe’s first civilisations in the Aegean;
  • To appreciate the contribution of symbolic material culture to a deeper understanding of past complex societies.

Mode of delivery



Two papers (each 3,000 words minimum), marks lowered for late delivery.

Reading list

J.L. Bintliff, An Introduction to the Archaeology of Greece

Time schedule

Course schedule details can be found in the bachelor 3 time schedule.