CL3BSA-Archaeology and Topography of Ancient Greece

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught:
Pre-requisites: CL1CA The Civilization of Fifth-Century Athens
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Prof Timothy Duff


Summary module description:

This module is offered in conjunction with the British School at Athens.
This module consists of an intensive introduction to Prehistoric, Classical, Roman, and Byzantine Greece, with specialist lectures, guided site visits (often by those responsible for site excavation) and opportunities to gain first-hand experience of objects and monuments not accessible to the individual traveller, and to undertake projects of own (approved) choice.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By participating in this module students will gain knowledge and understanding of:
•the material culture of Greece over a long timespan, and particularly of the built environment;
•the relationship between sites and their environments;
•diachronic change in individual sites and across whole settlement patterns.

They will gain command of the methodologies appropriate to historical archaeology, in particular:
•how to interpret archaeological evidence on site, and to apply the knowledge gained to other sites;
•how to evaluate historical and literary evidence in interpreting sites and the possible conflict between textual and archaeological evidence.

Additional outcomes:
In preparing the project students will learn to:
•select data appropriate to their chosen topic
•organise and present information clearly and concisely;
•test their ideas against the archaeological data in its original context;
•apply a holistic approach to their chosen topic;
•demonstrate their understanding of a particular aspect of archaeology in its historical context

Outline content:
Prehistoric and Early Iron Age Athens, Dendra, Eleusis, Gla, Lefkandi, Lerna, Marathon, Mycenae, Olympia, Orchomenos, Pylos, Tiryns.
Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic Argive Heraion, Argos, Athens (Acropolis, Agora, Kerameikos), Brauron, Corinth, Delphi, Eleusis, Epidauros, Eretria, Marathon, Messine, Nemea, Olympia, Perachora, Sounion, Sparta, Thorikos.
Roman & Byzantine Argos, Athens (Roman Agora, Library of Hadrian, Acropolis South Slope, Hadrian’s Arch, Temple of Olympian Zeus), Corinth, Eleusis, Eretria, Marathon, Messine, Mystras, Sparta.
Museums visited at Athens: Agora Museum, Kerameikos Museum, National Museum, Benaki Museum, Goulandris Museum, Epigraphic Museum. Optional: Byzantine Museum, Museum of Traditional Pottery, Islamic Museum.
Museums visited at archaeological sites (outside Athens): Argos, Brauron, Corinth, Delphi, Eleusis, Epidauros, Eretria, Marathon, Messine, Mycenae, Mystras, Nemea, Olympia, Pylos (Chora), Sparta.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This module is taught via a series of lectures, and on-site visits in Greece over a three week period in the preceeding Part 2 summer vacation. It includes approximately 150 hours site visits or trips and 9 hours of introductory lectures, plus 10 hours study in a specialist library.
This module assumes some knowledge of Ancient Greece.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 9
External visits 150
Guided independent study 41
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Two 2,000 word essays chosen according to individual interests, with advice and approval by the BSA module tutor. The topic selected must
(1) include reference to the environment and topography appropriate to the selected site(s) or monument;
(2) consider the historical significance of the site(s) or monument(s) selected;
(3) employ material evidence studied on site or in a museum as a primary part of the chain of analysis, argument and deduction.

Deadline: Essay 1 is due by 12 noon on Friday of week 3 Autumn term and Essay 2 by 12 noon on Friday week 10 of Autumn term following participation in the module.

Formative assessment methods:
Listed under Autumn term above are the 150 hours site visits or trips and 9 hours of introductory lectures, plus 10 hours study in a specialist library which occur in the preceeding Part 2 Summer vacation.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission by 1 September.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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