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World Archaeology II: Emergence of Mediterranean Civilisations - ARC00062H

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Kevin Walsh
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19

Module aims

  • To present an overview of the development of the key societies across the Mediterranean from early prehistory to the end of the Roman Empire.
  • To consider the notion of Mediterraneanism and why the early civilisations developed in the Mediterranean.
  • To assess the movement of the humans out of Africa, and the emergence of sophisticated hunting, gatherer/fishing groups, and then the development of the first complex farming societies.
  • To present an overview of the development the great protohistoric cultures (including the Minoans and Mycenaeans).
  • To discuss how and why the Classical civilisations in Greece and then Italy emerged.
  • To address each of these periods via an assessment of economy, evidence for environmental exploitation and management, and the development of religion (myths, shrines, temples and the disposal of the dead).
  • To bring together the above themes in a discussion of how archaeologists can integrate evidence for economy, religion and environment in an attempt to understand how past lifeways in the Mediterranean developed.
  • To introduce communication of academic archaeological research to the interested public

Module learning outcomes

Students will

  • Demonstrate broad and comparative knowledge of their chosen research topic appropriate to the module theme

  • Reflect on skills and experience gained over their degree for the purposes of writing an effective CV

  • Communicate a research idea for a funding application succinctly in a 5-10 minute pitch presentation with a rationale and a clear methodology


Task Length % of module mark
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
N/A 100

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