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The Archaeology of the Greek Mediterranean


Admission requirements

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


This lecture series offers both an overview of the archaeology of the Greek Mediterranean from the Late Bronze Age to the Classical period through study of the handbook, and in-depth discussion of key themes in class. These key themes include the current scholarly debates on the Homeric epics, the phenomenon of ‘colonisation’, identity, gender and the role of religion in ancient Greek society.

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.
Each week we will focus on a different aspect of the Greek world, touching upon various and diverse categories of material culture and discussing different theoretical debates. 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.

Course set-up

The course consists of weekly 4-hour sessions, prepared by thematic reading. The sessions combine discussion of these readings with lectures - and may also include 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 the BA2 time schedule.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures and tutorials;

  • Autonomous study.

Course load

  • 24 hours of seminars (1,5 ec);

  • 350 pages of literature (2,5 ec);

  • Assignments (1 ec).

Assessment method

  • Written exam (80%);

  • Assignments (20%).

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.

All exam dates (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the BA2 examination schedule.
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 via uSis is mandatory.

  • The Administration Office will register all BA1 students for their tutorials (not lectures; register via uSis!).

  • BA2, BA3, MA/MSc and RMA/RMSc students are required to register for all lectures and tutorials well in time.

  • Start registration for the BA2 seminars:
    Series 1: 14 September 2020, 07:00 hrs
    Series 2: 11 January 2021, 07:00 hrs
    Series 3: 22 February 2021, 07:00 hrs

  • The Administration Office registers all students for their exams, students are not required to do this in uSis.


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


Compulsory attendance.