This course set is designed for those advanced undergraduate and graduate students who have had archaeological field school, and who want to expand their skills and experience in Mediterranean archaeology, particularly mortuary archaeology. Students enrolled in this course set will form part of the Mitrou Archaeological Project excavation team together with regular field school students and professional staff. Unlike regular field school students, advanced students will be trained as trench assistants in the field, will receive specific instruction in tomb and burial excavation and recording, and will be expected to spend a considerable amount of time in the apothiki (laboratory) where they will assist in diverse data collection and preliminary analysis tasks.
In addition to practical on-task instruction, advanced students will attend evening lectures/discussions on mortuary archaeology and Mediterranean culture history, and will be expected (under guidance of the instructor) to produce a draft proposal and annotated bibliography for conducting a specific mortuary archaeological study of one or more sites in the Bronze through Iron Age Mediterranean. A packet of readings on mortuary archaeology will be available in the laboratory, but students are encouraged to identify and acquire additional articles relevant to their proposal topics prior to traveling to Greece.
- Prior archaeological field school (Preference for Human Osteology background or coursework.)
- Consent of instructor