Mediterranean Archaeology
CLAS 130-04/HIST 130-04
Second ½ Semester, Fall 2016
11:00-12:15 Tuesday, Thursday
Instructor: Dr. Kyle Jazwa
Office: Hewes Library, Room 11A
Office Hours: 1:45-3:00 Thursday, and by appointment

The Mediterranean sits at the crossroads of Europe, Africa, and Asia. Here rose some the world’s greatest cultures and empires. In this course, we will explore the archaeological heritage of several ancient people, from the Egyptians to the Carthaginians to the Mycenaeans. The art, architecture, technology, food, and drink are all fair game for archaeologists as we try to understand what life was like in the past.
Course Objectives
1. Students will gain an understanding of the history and material culture of many Mediterranean cultures.
2. Learn to analyze source material critically, spatially, contextually, and comparatively. These skills are essential for understanding the value of material culture and its relationship to society.
3. Master essential archaeological concepts that can be applied cross-culturally for understanding the shared human experiences in the past

Required Texts
Gates, C. 2011. Ancient Cities. The Archaeology of Urban Life in the Ancient Near East
and Egypt, Greece, and Rome (2nd Ed.). New York: Routledge.
ISBN 978-0-415-49864-7
Quiz 1
Nov. 8
Quiz 2
Nov. 29
Culture and Concept Test
Dec. 6
Back to the Future: Interviews
Dec. 6

The following is a brief overview of the required assignments for the semester:
All students are required to attend class lectures. Each student is permitted one unexcused absence during the half semester course. All subsequent absences will result in a 2% reduction to the course grade. In order to receive full credit for the participation grade, however, students must come prepared to class and contribute to the lectures by asking/answering relevant questions and participating in any in-class activities.
Quizzes 1-2
Students will be granted 30 minutes to complete each quiz. The quizzes test all course material and readings since the previous quiz/beginning of the semester.
Culture and Concept Test
Each student will specialize in an individual society or culture for the entire semester. S/he will be asked to complete the “culture and concept” test by Dec. 6, but can be handed in at any point during the semester. This is essentially a take-home, open-book research test. I will provide a series of archaeological concepts, such as “procession” or “feasting.” The students will then write a paragraph for each concept describing the manifestation and function of each concept from the perspective of his/her culture/society. Outside research is required for successful completion. Please sign up for your “culture/society” by Oct. 25. Choices include: Etruscans, Phoenicians, Egyptians, Carthaginians, Neolithic Eastern Mediterranean, Mycenaean, Minoan, Cypriot, Gauls, Scythians, Venetian, Ottomans.
Back to the Future: The Interview
Prior to the Fall semester at Monmouth College, Dr. Jazwa discovered the art of “Time Travel.” He has chosen to share this technology with the best and brightest of the community: his Mediterranean Archaeology class. Each of you will have the opportunity to travel to meet someone from another period or location in the Mediterranean and you will have a public conversation about the similarities and differences of daily life. You will have this dialogue while assuming the persona of an individual from the culture you have chosen (for the “Culture and Concept test”). On the interview day, please bring a “local” food item to the meeting – a nice, multicultural feast (lunch) will help to loosen the tongues.
Extra Credit
Students have several opportunities to receive extra credit during the semester by attending an AIA lecture. Each attendance will result in 1% point added to his/her final grade. The lectures include:
Oct. 20 (7:30 PM, Pattee Aud.): “Constantinople’s Theodosian Harbor and
the Archaeology of Byzantine Ships.” Michael R. Jones
Nov. 16 (7:30 PM, Pattee Aud.): “Mycenaean Greeks in Cyprus at the End of
the Bronze Age: A New Approach to an Old Question.” Kyle A. Jazwa

Class Rules
Please maintain respect for the instructor and your fellow classmates. I require all students not to interrupt the class, never use cell phones (even silently!), avoid leaving class early or entering late (unless with permission from the instructor), and pay attention during lectures.

Course Engagement Expectations
This course meets twice a week for one hour and fifteen minutes. Students are expected to spend an average of one and a half hours per week in preparation for their final projects. Students are also expected to spend two hours per class on reading assignments and two hours for studying/writing/other out of class preparation and assignments. In all, students are expected to devote ten hours per week to the “Mediterranean Archaeology” course.

AC = Ancient Cities
O = Online Copy
October 18 (T) Introduction to the Mediterranean
October 20 (R) Early Man, Paleolithic
O: Making of the Middle Sea, Chapter 4
October 25 (T) Neolithic Settlements
AC: Chapter 1
October 27 (R) Egypt (Old Kingdom)
AC: Chapter 5
November 1 (T) Egypt (Middle and New Kingdom)
AC: Chapter 6
November 3 (R) NO CLASS
November 8 (T) Mycenaeans and Minoans
**Quiz 1**
AC: Chapter 7
November 10 (R) Hittites, Cypriots and Canaanites
AC: Chapter 8-9
November 15 (T) Philistines, Sea People, and Israelites
O: 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed, Prologue, Chapter 5, Epilogue
[access online through Hews Library site]
November 17 (R) Phoenicia and Carthage
AC: Chapter 11
November 22 (T) Etruscans
AC: Chapter 19
November 29 (T) Gauls and Scythians
**Quiz 2
O: The Gallic Wars, Book 1 Julius Caesar
December 1 (R) Venetians and Ottomans
O: City of Fortune, Prologue
O: Empires of the Sea, Prologue and Chapter 1
December 6 (T) Interviews and Class Feast **Concept and Culture Test Due**

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