Archaeological theory and methods

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YAR102 Archaeological theory and methods

Professor: Markos KATSIANIS | Course outline [pdf file]

The course aims to provide an introduction to the discipline of Archaeology. The first part of the course outlines the history of archaeological research and the main theoretical trends that have been developed up to the present. This is followed by a presentation of the different types of archaeological evidence and the development of the basic methods of archaeological exploration. The archaeological documentation is presented in connection with the development of digital technology, while laboratory studies are analyzed in terms of the information they provide on dating, material culture, the environment and the subjects of the past. Using examples from the literature, issues of archaeological interpretation and the representation of the past are approached in the light of contemporary research themes and the socio-political conditions of the early 21st century.


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  2. Συλλογικό έργο (2007): Μεγάλες στιγμές της ελληνικής αρχαιολογίας, Αθήνα: Καπόν [Κωδ. στον Εύδοξο 14266]
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