Archaeological Theory and Interpretation

This introductory course provides students with a comprehensive and solid understanding of the major theoretical paradigms that defined Archaeology as a discipline and continue to ‘shape’ its diverse approaches to the study of the Past. Moreover, as it will 'unfold', students will become accustomed with a wide range of cutting-edge excavation methodologies and modern scientific practices which archaeologists and archaeological scientists alike employ in order to assign meaning/-s onto the different categories of the ancient material culture. The purpose of this is to arrive at interpretations touching upon the socio-economic, ideological and political lives of ancient people and how these lives relate to ours.
Apart from participating in the lectures, students, working in groups, will have to approach and examine  important archaeological monuments/sites/on-going excavations of Greece, dated from the Prehistoric to the Byzantine times. After taking interviews from inhabitants, tourists and passers-by moving around and interacting with the aforementioned landmarks, students are expected to offer their own interpretation of the public’s perception of the Past. 

Instructor: 
Elli Hitsiou
Course Code: 
FARC 102