CLMAN-Ancient Navigation and Maritime Archaeology

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Pre-requisites:
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Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Prof Annalisa Marzano

Email: A.Marzano@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module, taught during a two-month stay at Venice in collaboration with Ca’ Foscari University, aims to develop the students’ research skills in the study of maritime trade in antiquity and the Middle Ages, by focussing on the archaeological data pertaining Mediterranean maritime trade and the study of archaeological methods connected to navigation. Teaching of this intensive module comprises first-hand experience of the many resources available in Venice, such as the Arsenali Navali. The module is taught and assessed in English.

Aims:
This module, taught during a two-month stay at Venice in collaboration with Ca’ Foscari University, aims to develop the students’ research skills in the study of maritime trade in antiquity and the Middle Ages, by focussing on the archaeological data pertaining Mediterranean maritime trade and the study of archaeological methods connected to navigation. Teaching of this intensive module comprises first-hand experience of the many resources available in Venice, such as the Arsenali Navali. The module is taught and assessed in English.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of this module, students should be able:
• to place the study of maritime trade within the larger context of methods and approaches used in economic history and maritime archaeology;
• to analyse selected ancient port-towns of the Mediterranean in terms of their structural history, their place in the development of trade networks, their social, economic or religious function, and their subsequent use and influence;
• to recognise and interpret aspects of the physical remains of selected monuments in the field (e.g. shipwrecks);
• to locate, extract and assemble data and information from varied sources with minimal guidance;
• to organise wide-ranging material and to articulate complex arguments effectively in writing in assessed essays, and orally in seminar discussions and site presentations.

Additional outcomes:
The module also promotes the development of high-level problem-solving skills applied to diverse, complex and incomplete data. Seminar presentations and written work encourage independent learning and the exercise of initiative. Students will practice language skills through reading foreign language publications and interacting in Italian with Venice University staff and Italian students enrolled in the normal programmes offered by Ca’ Foscari.

Outline content:
Two-thirds of the module is devoted to lectures and seminars given by the Module Director and other lecturers, supplemented by guided site visits. The rest is reserved for individual study supervised by the Course Directors. The module begins with an introduction to the current issues in maritime archaeology and continues with a detailed study of the most important topics for the study of maritime trade and ancient navigation, emphasising recent discoveries and controversies. Topics to be examined include (but are not limited to): ancient navigation techniques and history of wooden shipbuilding; history and archaeology of medieval port-cities; Medieval trade in the Mediterranean; Experimental naval archaeology; Littoral dynamics and interaction with coastal structures; history of maritime Archaeology; technical and legislative issues in underwater archaeology; excavation strategies for underwater archaeology (organisation, excavation methods, and recording); Interpretation and Reconstruction of shipwrecks. It concludes with a discussion on Methods of post-excavation analysis and archival research and on current approaches to the creation of Museum installations and underwater archaeological parks

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Guided site visits, requiring student preparation in advance, lectures and seminars. Students have a major topic for study agreed with the home institution, on which they present a seminar and submit a written essay.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 35
Seminars 5
Fieldwork 50
Guided independent study 210
       
Total hours by term 300.00
       
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 60
Project output other than dissertation 30
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Other information on summative assessment:
One seminar presentation, on the topic agreed in collaboration with programme director at Reading and the Module Director at Venice (10%);
Class participation (comprising attendance to lectures and mandatory site visits; reading of material assigned prior to each lecture/seminar; participation in discussion in class: 30%);
One major essay of 4-5,000 words (60%).


Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
None

Requirements for a pass:
50%

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission of written coursework in the following September.

Last updated: 12 August 2014

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