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Unit information: The Archaeology and Topography of Ancient Greece in 2015/16

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Unit name The Archaeology and Topography of Ancient Greece
Unit code ARCH20021
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Momigliano
Open unit status Open




School/department Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit offers an introduction to the archaeology and topography of ancient Greece from the Prehistoric to the Byzantine period, based on guided museum and site visits (often conducted by those responsible for the site's excavations). Sites normally included are: Athens (Acropolis, Agora, Kerameikos,), Olympia, Delphi, Corinth, Sparta, Mystra, Daphne, Mycenae, Pylos, and Tyrins among any others. Museums normally included are: National Museum, Goulandris, Benaki and Byzantine museum (Athens) and the local museums at Olympia, Delphi, Corinth, etc.

Aims: To introduce students to the study of:

  • The material culture and the built environment of Greece over several millennia;
  • The relationship between archaeological sites and their environment;
  • The diachronic change in individual sites and across wider regions;
  • The comparison between textual and archaeological evidence

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of the unit, a successful student will be able to:

1) demonstrate first hand knowledge of a number of archaeological sites and museums in Greece

2) appraise archaeological evidence on site

3) assess archaeological and other relevant evidence

Teaching details

Guided site and museum visits in Greece conducted by members of staff of the BSA, and brief student presentations on site. Individual tutorials (up to 4 hours in the UK before and after Greece) will also be given to help with your assessment.

Assessment Details

One on-site formative presentation (assesses ILO 2); either one essay of 2,500 words or a reflexive journal (no more than 4000 words) to be submitted by the end of TB1 following participation in the British School of Athens Summer Course. (Assesses ILO 1,3)

Reading and References

Mee, Christopher & Antony Spawforth. Greece :an Oxford archaeological guide (Oxford University Press, 2001)

Whitley, J. (2001) The Archaeology of Ancient Greece (Cambridge University Press, 2001)

Rutter, J.B. The Prehistoric Archaeology of the Aegean (Dartmouth, 1996 -).

More specific bibliographical references for essays/notebooks can be discussed with the Unit Director and other members of staff at Bristol University or at the BSA.