Current Courses

Field Archaeology

(Spring semester) 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.

Archaeological Theory and Interpretation

(Spring semester) 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.

Archaeological Field Trips

(Spring semester) 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).

Introduction to Archaeometry

(Spring semester) 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.

Archaeoastronomy for Archaeologists

(Spring semester) This course intends to introduce Archaeoastronomy to archaeologists. After a short history of Archaeoastronomy, its major topics will be presented, including archaeoastronomical artifacts, arts and inscriptions, calendars and their development, cosmology and astronomy in the myths, geography and navigation. Afterwards, students will get a short, but in depth, lecture in probabilities and statistics, focused and taylored to their practical needs on the excavation sites.

Mycenaean Art and Archaeology

(Spring semester) A general introduction to the art and archaeology of Mycenaean Greece, with consideration of both the Aegean sites and the Mycenaean trade-posts and colonies in Asia Minor, Cyprus, the Levant, Palestine and Egypt. A survey of architecture (palatial, secular, temple and funerary), pottery, sculpture, frescoes, seal-stones, metalwork (metallic vases, weapons, jewelry), stone- and ivory-carving in class and museum field trips; comparative study of typological, iconographical, stylistic, and technical aspects and developments.

Mediterranean Interconnections: the Aegean, Egypt, and the Near East

(Spring semester) The course focuses on the cross-cultural interconnections in the eastern Mediterranean basin between the Aegean, Egypt and the Near East. It examines modes of cultural transmissions and materiality from the Bronze Age (3rd and 2nd millennia BC) to the Classical Period. It provides an interpetive survey and a thematic coverage of important aspects of Egypt and the Aegean with a special focus on the Late Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age.

Introduction to Art History

(Spring semester) This course is conceived as an introductory survey of the European art extending over ten centuries, from the Romanesque art of the eleven-century to that of  the early-twentieth century avant-garde movements. It also covers a wide variety of media including painting, sculpture, architecture, drawings and prints.

Travel, Tourism and Archaeology

(Spring semester) The course focuses on the relation between tourism and archaeology in modern Greece. It offers both an overview of the historical development of this relation, and an introduction to the contemporary cultural tourism industry as this is exemplified in Greece, with particular reference to archaeology. Greece offers an extraordinarily rich perspective on cultural tourism because, unlike many countries where this is a recent trend, archaeology and culture have been the principal interests of travelers to Greek lands since the 15th century AD.