Greek Archaeology I: Palace Societies B (LH)

Birmingham Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity

College of Arts and Law


Code 12704

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 10

Semester 2

Module description

The Palace Civilisations of Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece provide the only European examples of Bronze Age urban societies. Their achievements in architecture, administration and technology foreshadow those of Classical Greece by over a 1000 years. In turn Crete and mainland Greece were leaders in a pattern of trade and exchange which extended from the Nile valley and the Black Sea to Sicily and Sardinia. In semester II, lectures and seminars will examine a range of aspects of Minoan and Mycenaean civilisation in depth, including architecture, burial practices, linear B archives, cult, metalworking, trade.