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Archaeology (MA/MSc)

Archaeology of the Mediterranean

In the master’s programme in Archaeology, you can follow courses on the archaeology of the Mediterranean, deepening your understanding of this fascinating region. From the many faces of ‘Hellenism’ to the early rise of the Roman Republic, to the voyages of European Crusaders in medieval times. The archaeology of the Mediterranean spans a wide array of themes and eras, taught by our world-renowned experts.

Our courses on the Archaeology of the Mediterranean

In this course, you will explore the functioning of the formative phase in Roman expansionism using primarily archaeological data from the Western Mediterranean, and confronting these with current models of Roman expansion. We will focus on the archaeology of the Italian peninsula, with outlooks into developments in the Iberian peninsula, Corsica, Sicily and southern France.

Dr Tymon de Haas

Lecturer: Dr Tymon de Haas

'My research specialisation is the archaeology of Mediterranean landscapes and the main methodology to investigate such landscapes, archaeological field survey. In my research I focus on rural developments related to urbanisation, early Roman expansion, processes of economic integration and, more recently, environmental change in the pre-Roman and Roman central-Italy.

In line with my expertise, in the master's course The Advanced Archaeology of Early Roman Imperialism we explore the changes in rural and urban landscapes of Italy brought about by early Roman expansion. The course stimulates students to critically evaluate long-standing theories and models of the impact of Roman Imperialism using various lines of archaeological evidence, including fortifications, cult places, rural settlement patterns and land division systems.

Thesis subjects I could supervise are for example:

  • Topics related to regional field surveys
  • Topics related to the Roman or wider Mediterranean economy'

In this course we will analyse the questions “what is Greek(ness)” and “what determines the attractiveness of things Greek/‘Greek’ to non-Greeks” critically and from a variety of different perspectives. These are questions that go to the very heart of the disciplines of Classics, Ancient History and Classical Archaeology (and of much of cultural history at large).

Focusing on Ancient History and Classical Archaeology in particular, we will investigate the struggles of earlier scholars dealing with questions of ancient and of modern identity. To do so we will also draw on comparable concepts and their scholarly debates, for instance Egyptianisation and Romanisation.

This course will explore various aspects of the manifestation of the Crusades in the Mediterranean and in the Near East: ranging from the conquest of Sicily and southern Italy by the Normans (1000-1130 C.E.) to the fall of Akko in the Holy Land (1291 C.E.).

The aim is to address how we can study the Crusades from an archaeological perspective, and what the archaeological data can tell us about the nature of these events.

These courses are taught in the academic year 2019-2020. The curriculum for next year may differ slightly.

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