Current Courses

Field Archaeology

This course focuses on archaeological field and laboratory methods through readings, lectures, and mainly hands-on experiences (dig simulator) and the data these practices generate. It will cover the essential field methods employed in archaeological survey (ground, aerial, geophysical), excavation, restoration/conservation. This will include the fundamentals of documentation including note taking, drawing, photography, and map-making.

Archaeogeophysical Survey: Methods and Techniques

This course is designed to provide a thorough up to date insight into mapping methods of archaeological prospection. It will consist in both lecturing and practical work, either laboratory exercises or field work. The principles of magnetic and resistance mapping will be taught plus the surveying techniques and data collection procedures. An introduction to magnetic  susceptibility, magnetization of materials and conversion of magnetic oxides in soils will be given. The principles of the instrumentation commonly employed will be explained and training in their use will be provided.

Introduction to Archaeological Science and Environmental Archaeology

This course introduces the students to Archaeological Science, focused on Environmental Archaeology. It is designed to provide a broad theoretical and practical understanding of specialist approaches to the interactions between people and their environment in the past and of a wide range of modern scientific methods applied in archaeology. The course focuses particularly on the analysis of organic remains of humans, animals and plants (Bioarchaeology, Zooarchaeology and Archaeobotany), as well as on the study of ancient landscapes and palaeoenvironment (Geoarchaeology).

Introduction to Archeometry

Archaeometry/Archaeological Science makes use of available laboratory and portable instrumentations for the characterisation and analyses of artefacts and materials associated with past human activities and cultures, to tackle questions related with their chronology, use, trade-routs and provenance arguments.

The International Illicit Antiquities Market

This course deals with the trafficking of antiquities internationally, focusing on the last 50 years, and especially the developments in the illicit trade since 2005, using case studies throughout. We will start with a historical introduction, then we will survey the leading dealers of the international market. The central sessions of the course will consider the roles of auction houses, museums and galleries.

Protection and Management of Cultural Heritage

The cultural heritage constitutes the basic record of past human activities. Its protection and proper management is therefore essential to enable archaeologists and other scholars to study and interpret it on behalf of and for the benefit of present and future generations. This course lays down the basic aspects of cultural heritage (both tangible and intangible), the legal framework (national and international) of its protection and the main principles relating to the different aspects of heritage management.

Prehistoric Aegean Religions

The course offers class participants an introduction to the religions of Crete, Mainland Greece and the Cyclades in the Bronze Age, and an introduction to the theories and methods of the archaeological study of religion through reading assignments, lectures and structured discussions in class and in archaeological museums/sites.

Mediterranean Interconnections

This course aims to give an understanding of the ancient Greek world through its relationship to the sea, how sailing technology developed, how ships performed, how geography, the weather and sea condition shaped the known world, to show how networks and relationships were built and maintained and the real risks and rewards facing ancient Mariners and civilisations. This was a ‘small’ Greek world, dominated by coastal city-states, political alliances, immigration, bloodlines and war.

Archaeological Field Trips

This is a unique course taught on-site during faculty-led weekend field trips to various archaeological sites, historical landscapes and museums in Greece. This course aims to familiarize the students with key ancient cities, monuments, masterpieces of art, and the history of ancient Greece. One-day field trips will include locations in the region of the Peloponnese (Olympia, Pylos, Corinth, Tiryns, Nafplio, Argos, Epidaurus, Sparta-Mystras, Monemvasia, Mani-Methoni-Koroni, Aegina, Hydra-Spetses), and Sterea (Delphi, Thebes, Orchomenos/Glas, Euboea).