20 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module explores the social, cultural and economic transformations that occurred over the course of the Bronze Age on Crete, usually referred to as the Minoan civilisation (from late 4th to late 2nd millennium BC). A series of paired lectures and seminars examines topics including topography, environment, material culture and identity, the rise of state organisation, funerary practice, religion and performance, urbanisation, the Linear scripts and power and the collapse of complex systems. This contemplation of Minoan Crete addresses issues of iconography, architecture, material culture studies and landscape archaeology. It also takes advantage of a variety of evidence from 'scientific' approaches, including human osteology, archaeozoology, metallurgy, ceramic analysis, GIS, and organic residue analysis. This unit aims to introduce students to: the rich variety of information which exists for life in Bronze Age Crete. the nature of early complex society in Crete, including the emergence of and collapse of states the interrelationship between subsistence, craft practice, monumentalisation, material culture and ideology over the Bronze Age on Crete the nature of the evidence available for investigating Bronze Age Crete and the complementary strengths and weaknesses of different classes of evidence (both conventional and scientific)

Staff Contact: RELAKI MARIA
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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