Archaeological theory and methods

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YAR102 Archaeological theory and methods

Professor: Markos KATSIANIS

The course aims to familiarize students with the archaeological discipline, its object of the study as well as the methods and techniques of archaeological research. Through references to important archaeological sites and research programs, fundamental archaeological concepts are addressed, the main trends of archaeological thought are explained, while the methodological tools used in the field and the laboratory to study human activity through the material remains of the past are presented.

Upon successful completion of the course the student is able:

  • to understand basic archaeological concepts, fundamental research methods as well as the role of interpretation and explanation in archaeological research,
  • to understand the shifts in archaeological thinking that have occurred over the last two centuries,
  • to realise the contribution of laboratory methods and digital technology to archaeological projects
  • to recognize and know about important archaeological sites and research programs
  • to appreciate the benefits of archaeological knowledge in the modern world,
  • to be aware of the ethical responsibility of historians – archaeologists as the creators and managers of knowledge about the past
  • to have a knowledge of modern research trends in the field of Archaeology.

Course outline


  1. Αρχαιολογία. Θεωρίες, μεθοδολογία και πρακτικές εφαρμογές, Renfrew Colin, Bahn Paul (Eudoxus code: 86197460)
  2. Μια ιστορία της αρχαιολογικής σκέψης, Trigger Bruce G. (Eudoxus code: 15525)
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