Introduction to Mediterranean Archaeology

Discipline: Anthropology
Instructor: Smith
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 0800
End: 0915
Field Work: Day 1- Antalya- Wednesday, 3 July | Turkey
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

This course introduces the history, theory, and field techniques of Classical Archaeology. Major sites of the prehistoric Bronze Age (Troy, Mycenae) as well as Greek and Roman cities and sanctuaries (e.g., Athens, Olympia, Pompeii) illustrate important themes in Greek and Roman culture and the nature of archaeological data. The Greek and Roman sites are presented in the context of the other ancient Mediterranean cultures, such as Egyptian, Cypriot, Etruscan, and Near Eastern.

Field Work

Country: Turkey
Day: 1- Antalya- Wednesday, 3 July

July 3 (Antalya, Turkey) This field lab will include visits to two major archaeological sites located very close to Antalya, in the ancient region known as Pamphylia. Perge is a World Heritage site famous for its impressive standing Roman remains.  The excavations at Perge are the longest-running in all of Turkey and have been conducted for more than 65 years. The site of Aspendos has the best preserved ancient theater in the Mediterranean. The city has a rich ancient history, including capture by the Persians, Alexander the Great, and eventually the Romans. Antalya Museum, where we will conclude the day, displays treasures from these sites and details the rich archaeological history of Southwest Turkey.