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Undergraduate Course: Handling Greek Pottery (CACA10041)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offers a holistic exploration of Greek pottery (produced during the seventh and the fourth centuries BCE) using case-studies from Corinth, Athens, Magna Graecia and Asia Minor. How can pottery be handled as a source for interpretation of the past? How do we integrate shape and type identification, archaeometric techniques and contextual information into narrative histories of the Greek past? The course aims to develop both theoretical and hands-on skills of pottery analysis.
Course description The archaeological interpretation of ancient ceramics no longer relies only on their contextual, typological or artistic classification. More detailed information on the manufacturing process, the origin and composition of raw materials, craftsmanship and technological skills or the standardization of ancient ceramics can be obtained today with the aid of a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. This course will familiarise students with the corpus of Greek pottery from different regions (e.g. Corinth, Athens, Magna Graecia and Asia Minor) produced between the 7th to 4th centuries BCE as case-studies to develop a fuller understanding of the potential of pottery to inform us about the ancient world. Students will gain an insight into "handling" Greek pottery from current theoretical, methodological, and hands-on perspectives, including via practical classes and relevant field-trips.
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)) AND Greek Art and Archaeology (CACA08012)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Handling Greek Pottery (PGHC11531)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics, History or Archaeology (at least 1 of which should be in Classical Art and 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.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  17
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 4, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 14, Fieldwork Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One two-hour exam (50%)
One essay of 3000-4000 words (50%)
Feedback Students will receive feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours for this course or by appointment.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. research skills in classical archaeology;
  2. read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant ancient pottery evidence and modern academic discourse;
  3. demonstrate a greater understanding of Greek pottery from current theoretical and methodological approaches;
  4. develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence around material culture, especially pottery;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
Cook, R. (2002). Greek painted pottery (3rd ed.), London

Cook, R., P. Dupont (2003). East Greek pottery, London

Hunt, A.M.W. (ed.) (2017). The Oxford Handbook of Archaeological Ceramic Analysis. Oxford handbooks, Oxford

Oakley, J.H. (ed.) (2014). Athenian Potters and Painters Vol. 3, Oxford

Rice, P. (2015). Pottery Analysis: a Sourcebook (2nd ed.)

Rathje, A., M. Nielsen and B. B. Rasmussen (eds.) (2002). Pots for the Living, Pots for the Dead, Copenhagen

Rouet, P. (2001). Approaches to the study of Attic vases: Beazley and Pottier, Oxford

Tite, M.S. (1999). Pottery Production, Distribution, and Consumption: The Contribution of the Physical Sciences, Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, Vol. 6, No. 3, 181-233

Tsingarida, A. and D. Viviers (2013). Pottery Markets in the Ancient Greek World (8th - 1st centuries B.C.). Proceedings of the International Symposium held at the Université libre de Bruxelles 19-21 June 2008, Bruxelles
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Anja Slawisch
Tel: (0131 6)50 6693
Course secretaryMiss Mel Baker
Tel: (0131 6)50 4030
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