MODULE DESCRIPTION 2017-18

SPRING SEMESTER 15 CREDITS
AAP6113 THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF CYPRUS
CO-ORDINATOR: SUE SHERRATT
OTHER TUTORS:

MODULE OUTLINE

This seminar-based module provides an overview of the archaeology of Cyprus from its earliest beginnings to the dawn of the historical period. Making use of recent archaeological data, it charts developments on the island from the earliest signs of human activity until the beginning of the Cypro-Archaic period, focusing especially on some of the main problems raised by the archaeological record and its interpretation. It also considers the history of archaeological exploration on Cyprus, and the intellectual contexts which have shaped this.


BROAD ACADEMIC AIMS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIT

This unit aims to:

  • develop a critical understanding of the major issues in the study of the archaeology of Cyprus from the 11th millennium to the early 1st millennium BC
  • encourage an understanding of how the archaeology of Cyprus and its interpretation has developed since the later 19th century AD
  • foster an understanding of the capabilities and limitations of different types of archaeological data and an appreciation of the kinds of source criticisms and interpretations appropriate to these data
  • develop an understanding of the relationships of Cyprus to wider East Mediterranean and Mediterranean worlds in different periods
  • provide some understanding of the periodisation and ceramic terminologies of Cypriot archaeology

MEASUREABLE LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this module students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of :

  • a good overall knowledge of the archaeological evidence for developments on Cyprus between the 11th millennium BC and the late 8th century BC
  • an understanding of the main issues in the archaeology of Cyprus in the 11th millennium to late 8th century BC, and the way in which rapidly changing archaeological data have altered interpretations
  • confidence in critically assessing and synthesising archaeological evidence within a rapidly changing interpretative field
  • an ability to evaluate and contribute to existing debates, and potentially to identify new debates, concerning the archaeology of Cyprus down to the late 8th century BC

EXAMPLES OF LECTURE/SEMINAR TITLES/TUTORIALS

Our lectures/seminars are highly participative and taught by leaders in their field.

  • History of Cypriot archaeology and its contexts
  • Island colonisation: from Aetokremnos to Khirokitia
  • A re-expanding world: from the Chalcolithic to the Philia phenomenon
  • Early and Middle Bronze Age: burials, metals and glimpses of Cypriot life
  • Middle and Late Bronze Age: ceramics, metals and the outside world
  • Cypriot ceramics: a practical introduction
  • Cypriot literacy and marking practices
  • 12th-11th century problems: continuities and discontinuities
  • Cypro-Geometric: the ‘obscure’ horizon
  • Study visit to Ashmolean Museum, Oxford or British Museum

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS ACQUIRED

Ability to critically evaluate archaeological data and theoretical interpretations; ability to critically evaluate and synthesise information from published sources; participate in and lead group discussion; writing skills.


STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

Type

Hours

Fieldwork (excluding travel time) 5
Seminars 18
Independent Study (including preparation for assessments) 125

ASSESSMENT

Method

% of marks

Hours/Length

Essay 100% 3000 words