6AACAR11 Island Living in the Eastern Mediterranean: Bronze Age Crete & Cyprus
Credit value: 30
Assessment pattern for Graduate Diploma students
Module Convenor/tutor: Dr Ellen Adams
Teaching pattern: 20 x 2-hour class (weekly)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 2 x essay of 2,500 words (20% each) & 1 x 3-hour exam (60%)
Assessment: 3 x 3,000-word essay (100%, each essay worth 1/3)
Prerequisites: There is no prerequisite for this module, although having taken an archaeology module previously will be a benefit. No prior knowledge of Greek archaeology is required.
The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand, there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.
Minoan Crete, 'cradle of European civilization', inspired the legend of the Minotaur, and is renowned for its palaces and exquisite art. To the east, Bronze Age Cyprus developed its own related but distinctive identity, its wealth and sophistication clearly visible in its rich archaeological remains. During the second millennium BC in particular, both islands served as critical stepping-stones for the movement of people and goods, while developing strong and separate cultural identities.
Key topics include comparing the different trajectories of state formation, considering how people experienced monumental architecture, and exploring ritual and mortuary practices. We shall also look at contact and communication, island economies, regionalism, and the use of past island cultures in the modern world. Teaching is grounded not only in the material culture but also in the archaeological methodologies that scholars have employed in their attempts to decode the ancient world.
Suggested introductory reading
This is suggested reading and purchase of these books is not mandatory.