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Undergraduate Course: Classical Archaeology 2b: Materials and Methods (CACA08010)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides an introduction to the archaeology of the Classical world (primarily Greece and Rome) through a range of chronological and thematic lectures and tutorials. The course begins by introducing the range of methodological techniques used to study Classical archaeology and progresses by examining a wide range of archaeological material.
Course description This course will introduce students to the various ways in which the material remains of the Classical civilisations (primarily Greece and Rome) have been and are analysed and studied. A wide range of datasets will be considered along with the methodologies that have been devised by Classical archaeologists for understanding them and their significance as evidence for the societies of the Classical Mediterranean and its neighbouring regions. Teaching will include special attention to key themes in the archaeology of the Classical world, ranging from cities and their buildings, through analysis of the countryside and the economy, to broader societal attitudes to death and religion. Students will be encouraged to explore different types of evidence to build up a picture of the multifaceted character of Greek and Roman societies, focusing in particular on the different uses and issues associated with integrating archaeological, historical and literary sources.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: The Greek World 1A: Greece in the Making (CLGE08001) OR The Greek World 1B: Greece's New Horizons (CLGE08002) OR The Roman World 1A: The Rise of Rome (CLGE08003) OR The Roman World 1B: The Roman Empire (CLGE08004)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Cost of Field Trip
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesEquivalent courses on the Classical World or Archaeology.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, knowledge of the chronological framework of the Classical world, including a sound understanding of how this framework was created (especially with regard to dating methods), and familiarity with a wide range of types of material evidence for the Classical world;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, knowledge of the main methodologies used to evaluate the material remains of the Classical civilisations, as well as an understanding of how these methodologies can be applied to the evidence through specific case studies;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to evaluate critically the methodologies which have been used in the study and interpretation of the material remains of the past;
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an understanding of the interface between written (historical) and material (archaeological) evidence;
  5. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an understanding of the interface between written (historical) and material (archaeological) evidence;
Reading List
Alcock, S.E. and Osborne, R. eds (2012), Classical Archaeology (Blackwell Studies in Global
Archaeology), 2nd edition, Oxford.
Bintliff, J. (2012), The Complete Archaeology of Greece, Chichester.
Bowkett, D.W., Hill, S.J., Wardle, D., and Wardle, K. A. (2001), Classical Archaeology in the Field:
Approaches (Classical World Series), Bristol.
Coulston, J. and Dodge, H. eds (2000), Ancient Rome: The Archaeology of the Eternal City, Oxford.
Dyson, S. (2013), In Pursuit of Ancient Pasts: A History of Classical Archaeology in the Nineteenth and
Twentieth Centuries, New Haven.
Greene, K. (1986), The Archaeology of the Roman Economy, London.
Greene, K. and Moore, T. (2010), Archaeology: An Introduction, 5th edition, London.
Neer, R.T. (2012), Art and Archaeology of the Greek World: A New History, c. 2500-c.150 BCE,
Mee, C. (2011), Greek Archaeology: A Thematic Approach, Chichester.
Potter, D. (2009), Rome in the Ancient World: From Romulus to Justinian, London.
Wacher, J. ed. (1987), The Roman World, 2 volumes, London.
Whitley, J. (2001), The Archaeology of Ancient Greece (Cambridge World
Archaeology), Cambridge.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will also demonstrate the following transferable skills:
- written skills (clear expression of ideas and arguments)
- analytical skills
- evaluation skills
- interpretation of visual material
KeywordsClassical Arch 2B
Course organiserDr Benjamin Russell
Course secretaryMrs Summer Wight
Tel: (0131 6)50 4580
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