MODULE DESCRIPTION 2016-2017


AUTUMN SEMESTER 20 CREDITS



AAP238 MINOANS: CRETE IN THE BRONZE AGE



CO-ORDINATOR: PETER DAY
OTHER TUTORS:


MODULE OUTLINE

This module explores the social, cultural and economic transformations that occurred over the course of the Bronze Age Crete, usually referred to as the Minoan civilisation (from late 4th to late 2nd millennium BC).
A series of paired lectures and seminars examines topics including topography, environment, material culture and identity, the rise of state organisation, funerary practice, religion and performance, urbanisation, the Linear scripts and power and the collapse of complex systems. This contemplation of Minoan Crete addresses issues of iconography, architecture, material culture studies and landscape archaeology. It also takes advantage of a variety of evidence from ‘scientific’ approaches, including human osteology, archaeozoology, metallurgy, ceramic analysis, GIS, and organic residue analysis.


BROAD ACADEMIC AIMS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIT

This unit aims to introduce students to:
• the rich variety of information which exists for life on Crete in the Bronze Age
• the nature of early complex society in Crete, including the emergence of and collapse of states
• the interrelationship between subsistence, craft practice, monumentalisation, material culture and ideology over the Bronze Age of Crete.
• the nature of the evidence available for investigating Bronze Age Crete and the complementary strengths and weaknesses of different classes of evidence (both conventional and scientific)


MEASUREABLE LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this module students should be able to demonstrate:
• have knowledge of the culture sequence and main characteristics of Bronze Age Crete
• understand the nature of this, the earliest state-level society in Europe
• understand the interrelationship between everyday practice, ideology, ritual and relationships of power
• understand the nature of the evidence available for investigating Minoan Crete and the complementary strengths and weaknesses of different classes of evidence (both conventional and scientific)


STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

Type Hours
Lectures 11
Seminars 11
Independent / Grouop Study (including preparation for assessments) 178


ASSESSMENT

Method % of marks Length / words
Mid Term 20% 1000
End of Term 40% 2000
Examination 40% 1.5 hours


EXAMPLE LECTURE/SEMINAR TITLES

  • AN ISLAND AND ITS PEOPLE: CRETE AND THE INVENTION OF THE MINOANS
  • THE NEOLITHIC OF CRETE
  • FLUID IDENTITIES IN THE EARLY PRE-PALATIAL
  • CRAFTING THE EMERGENCE
  • FUNERARY MONUMENTS AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF SOCIETY
  • SUBSISTENCE AND THE LAND
  • THE EMERGENCE OF MONUMENTAL SITES
  • RELIGION, RITUAL AND CONSUMPTION
  • URBAN AND RURAL IN PALATIAL CRETE
  • REGIONAL SURVEY
  • MINOANISATION? CRETE BEYOND THE ISLAND
  • THE TROUBLED ISLAND - SANTORINI ERUPTS
  • HIEROGLYPHS, SCRIPTS, AND ADMINISTRATION
  • INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE PALATIAL ECONOMY
  • THE PALATIAL SYSTEM IN CRETE AND THE MAINLAND
  • TRANSPORT JARS AND TRADE IN THE AEGEAN AND E. MEDITERRANEAN
  • THE END OF THE PALACES
  • REFUGE AND REFORMATION
  • HIERARCHY, MOBILISATION AND EXPLOITATION: LIFE IN BA CRETE?
  • RE-INVENTING THE MINOANS
  • MAJOR ISSUES IN MINOAN ARCHAEOLOGY