Current Issues in Aegean Archaeology

Subject ANCW40007 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 10 hours per week: total time commitment 120 hours
Prerequisites: Admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth year honours in classics or classical studies and archaeology.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Louise Hitchcock
Subject Overview:

This seminar will take an in-depth look at the latest debates and discoveries in the archaeology of the Bronze Age Aegean (Crete, Greece, and the Cycladic Islands) as well as consider their implications for the broader field of archaeology. The focus will vary from year to year, but issues might include the history of archaeological excavation and interpretation in the region, current controversies in the interpretation of archaeological remains, social and technological aspects of prehistoric production and exchange, the role of iconography and/or architecture in creating social and gender identity, the identification and analysis of Aegean belief systems, and the emergence and collapse of civilisations in Crete and in Greece.


Students who successfully complete this subject should...

  • acquire an understanding of the latest debates in Greek archaeology.
  • understand how archaeologists use theory and texts to interpret material culture and to reconstruct cultural continuity and change.
  • be able to evaluate the interpretive constructs (theory) used by archaeologists in Greece to address specific empirical problems and issues.

Written work totalling 5000 words comprising a seminar paper of 2500 words including a 20-minute oral presentation 45% (commencing at the beginning of semester and due 2 weeks after presentation), an a take-home final exam essay of 2500 words 45% (due at the end of semester) and continuous class participation 10%.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

  • Aegean Art and Architecture (D Preziosi and L Hitchcock), Oxford, 1999
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • be skilled in critical thinking.

  • possess effective written communication skills.

  • have an understanding of social, ethical and cultural context.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Ancient World Studies
Classical Studies and Archaeology
Classical Studies and Archaeology
Classical Studies and Archaeology

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