CLARCH 832 - Island Archaeology in the Mediterranean
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Classical Archaeology (CLARCH)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Islands hold a special place in the western imagination. They have been mythologized as pristine places where man’s essential nature (whether corrupt or divine) emerges without contamination from modern society (e.g., Robinson Crusoe, The Lord of the Flies). They have also been seen as "laboratories," where insights into the development of humanity might be gleaned, in much the same way that Darwin hypothesized evolutionary mechanisms from his investigation of the fauna of the Galapagos. Anthropological and archaeological studies have long considered island societies as a particular category of interest, although perspectives have shifted from viewing islands as the home of “primitive isolates,” whose culture and social structures were defined by nothing so much as their isolation from the outside world, to a perspective much more sensitive to the role of the sea in enabling communication, mobility, and exchange between islands and other coastal communities.

In this class, we will explore the history, themes, and major problems of island archaeology, especially as they relate to the prehistoric Mediterranean. By the end of this class, students will have learned the fundamental approaches and issues in island archaeology studies, including the problems of biogeography, the impact of early colonists on island environments, insularity and “cultural efflorescence,” trade, connectivity, and the response of island societies to regional economic, political, and cultural change. Students will also gain a general introduction to the prehistory of the Mediterranean, as well as a more in-depth introduction to the material culture and social development of at least one island or island group within it.

Course Requirements:


Intended Audience:

Graduate students

Class Format:

One three hour meeting per week

CLARCH 832 - Island Archaeology in the Mediterranean
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001 (SEM)
W 12:00PM - 3:00PM
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