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Undergraduate Course: Mediterranean Maritime Archaeology (CACA10029)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaClassical Art/Classical Archaeology Other subject areaAncient History
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionBy studying both marine and terrestrial elements - the broadly conceived 'maritime cultural landscape' of the Mediterranean world - this course aims to broaden students' understanding of the many roles that the Mediterranean Sea played in daily life in antiquity from the Bronze Age through the early Medieval Period. Much of the course will focus around the practicalities of sailing. Who were the ship captains, merchants, and sailors of antiquity? How did they plan their journeys? How long were journeys and how did various factors such as wind patterns and seasonality affect journey length? How did technological aspects of seafaring (from harbours to ship construction) develop over time? In addition to using archaeological and textual evidence, the course will also draw upon ethnographic studies and more recent data on shipping to inform the ancient picture. The course will culminate in a project where students design maritime voyages from beginning to end, detailing port activities, ship design and loading techniques, navigation dangers, and ports of call. This project will combine all the elements of the course into a practical outline of the realities of maritime life in the ancient Mediterranean.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Ancient History 2b: Themes and Theories in Ancient History (ANHI08013) OR Classical Art 2A: The Development of Greek and Roman Art (CACA08009) OR Classical Archaeology 2b: Materials and Methods (CACA08010)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A Pass in 'Ancient History 2b' (ANHI08013) OR in 'Classical Art 2A' (CACA08009) OR in Classical Archaeology 2b (CACA08010) is required (or at the Course Organiser's discretion).
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter (at least 2 of which should be in Classical Archaeology) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  25
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students will be able to demonstrate by means of the essay, class project and exam:
- An understanding of the many subfields contained under the broad heading of maritime archaeology;
- An awareness of the ethical issues involved in maritime archaeology;
- Knowledge of the history and development of ancient seafaring in the Mediterranean;
- The ability to draw together multiple strands of evidence to produce a coherent picture of maritime life in antiquity;
- The ability to conduct personal research and to present this research to the lecturer and their fellow students.
Assessment Information
Coursework: 40% (Project consisting of one essay of 3,000 words and a class presentation);
Exam: 60%.
Special Arrangements
In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled on this course, contact must be made with a Course Secretary on 50 3582/3580 in order for approval to be obtained.
Additional Information
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KeywordsMediterranean Maritime Archaeology
Course organiserDr Candace Rice
Course secretaryMs Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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