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The course of Aegean Archaeology presents the archaeological data of the Aegean basin from the Prehistoric times through the collapse of the Mycenaean palatial system (about 1200 BC). Special attention is paid to the Bronze Age and especially to the palatial cultures documented in Crete and in Mainland Greece.
Aim of the course is to provide students with basic notions about the development of the archaeological researches concerning the prehistory of the Aegean and with a good knowledge of the relative archaeological documentation: settlements, necropolises, handicraft productions, writing and administrative systems.
Aim of the course, in addition to providing basic notions on the history of the studies about Aegean archaeology, is to allow students to identify the main characteristics of settlements, necropolises, places of worship of the prehistoric Aegean; to have a basic knowledge on the scriptures used in the Aegean Bronze Age; to distinguish the most common craft productions, identifying periods and manufacturing areas; to acquire basic geographical knowledge of the Aegean. It is expected that the student will be able to illustrate the main characteristics of the Aegean in the different chronological periods, identifying the most famous sites and the main craft productions.
No required prerequisites
The course includes 40 hours of lectures delivered by the teacher. The topics indicated in the program will be treated through Power Point presentations.
Attendance to lessons is recommended, although not compulsory. Students who attend face to face are considered to be attending. The teacher, at the specific request of each student, allows remote use of the lessons through the Teams platform.
Basic notions on the development of prehistoric researches in the Aegean from the discoveries carried out by Schliemann. Relative chronology and absolute chronology in the prehistoric Aegean. Observations on the most ancient human population (Paleolithic and Mesolithic) and the main characteristics of the Neolithic cultures in the Aegean. The Early Bronze Age in the Cyclades, in the northern Aegean, in the Peloponnese and in Crete. The Minoan palatial society: the architecture and the organization of settlements; craft productions; administrative systems. The Minoan cultural influence outside of Crete, with particular reference to the Cyclades. Mainland Greece between the Middle and the beginning of the Late Bronze Age: the shaft graves at Mycenae. Archaeological data about the Mycenaean palatial society. Religion and cults in the Aegean Bronze Age. Notions on the scriptures used in the prehistoric Aegean: Cretan hieroglyph, Linear A, Linear B.
The program is the same for non-attending students
One of the following handbooks:
- L. Bombardieri, G. Graziadio, M. Jasink, Preistoria e protostoria egea e cipriota, Firenze University Press 2015
- J. Rutter, The Prehistoric Archaeology of the Aegean, disponibile on-line al sito http://www.dartmouth.edu/~prehistory/aegean/
Si consiglia l'uso della documentazione didattica disponibile su Aulaweb.
Highly recommended papers and pictures provided in Aulaweb.
Further bibliographic references will be established for non-attending students.
NICOLA CUCUZZA (President)
FABIO NEGRINO (Substitute)
28th September 2022.
The exam is held in oral form, on topics concerning the course program.
The exam aims to ascertain the student's ability to define the main characteristics of the archaeological record of the prehistoric Aegean and to have understood its chronological periodization, recalling the development of the Aegean archaeology. The ability to classify handicrafts of the period (presented in pictures) will be evaluated, to recognize chronology and area of production of some artefacts and to identify the location of the main sites of the period. An element of evualation will also be the expressive abilities and the correct ownership of language.
Copy of Power Point presentations and basic texts will be made available on Aulaweb.