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Mediterranean societies: The archaeology of the Medieval and Post-Medieval Mediterranean and Near East


Compulsory attendance


Prerequisites and restrictions

Bachelor’s degree obtained.


This course will introduce students to:

  • The urban evolution of Istanbul;

  • Byzantine archaeology;

  • Islamic archaeology;

  • Crusader archaeology;

  • The archaeology of the Italian Renaissance;

  • Ottoman archaeology;

  • The archaeology of capitalism.

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding of the development of the Mediterranean and Near East in Post-Roman times;

  • Ability to link the study of Medieval and Post-Medieval art and architecture to their social context;

  • Ability to evaluate the evidence of rural and urban excavations and survey to the making of post-Roman history.

Mode of delivery



Two papers with a minimum of 3,000 words, reduced marks for late submission.

Reading list

  • J. Bintliff, An Introduction to the Archaeology of Greece;

  • A.J. Boas, _Crusader Archaeology. The Material Culture of the Latin East _(1999);

  • S. Davies & J.L. Davis (eds), _Between Venice and Istanbul. Colonial Landscapes in Early Modern Greece _(2007);

  • J.F. Haldon, _Byzantium. A History _(2000);

  • T. Insoll, _The Archaeology of Islam _(1999);

  • L. Jardine, Worldly Goods. A New History of the Renaissance (1996);

  • P. Mansel, Constantinople: City of the World’s Desire, 1453-1924 (1995);

  • J.T. Paoletti & G.M. Radke, _Art in Renaissance Italy _(1997).

Time schedule

Course schedule details can be found in the MA time schedule.