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Module

ARA3100 : Archaeologies of the Middle Sea: An Armchair Voyage Across the Prehistoric Mediterranean

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Andrea Dolfini
  • Lecturer: Dr Matthew Haysom
  • Teaching Assistant: Miss Elenora Montanari
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

What made the Mediterranean Sea the centre of gravity for many ancient civilisations? And why did Greeks, Romans, and Phoenicians relentlessly fight to control its coasts and trade routes? The module will address these questions by exploring the unique social and political trajectories taken by the communities who lived around the Mediterranean Sea from the Neolithic to the Iron Age, c. 7000 to 500 BC. As a part of this fascinating journey, we will explore as diverse themes as the emergence of social complexity in Copper Age Iberia, the collapse of the Mycenaean palaces at the end of the Bronze Age, and the emergence of Rome in the later Iron Age. The module consists of a combination of introductory lectures and seminars. The lectures present general overviews of cultural frameworks and social developments while the seminars provide students with the opportunity to discuss current problems in later Mediterranean prehistory.
The aims of the module are:
•       To provide students with advanced knowledge and critical understanding of the archaeology of the Mediterranean from the Neolithic to the Iron Age.
•       To provide students with in-depth understanding of cultural and social connections between Mediterranean societies in later prehistory.
•       To provide students with a critical understanding of the emergence of social complexity and urbanism in pre-classical Mediterranean civilisations.

Outline Of Syllabus

Themes explored during the module may include: the landscape and seascape of the Mediterranean; the emergence and spread of the Neolithic way of life; the Neolithic way of life in Greece, Italy and Iberia; the Copper Age in the central Mediterranean; the emergence of social complexity in Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age Iberia; the Minoan and Mycenaeans civilisations; the fall of complex societies; the Iron Age in Italy; and urbanism and state formation before the Romans.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable