• Jeffrey A. Becker deposited Archaeology of Mediterranean Landscapes in the group Group logo of Classical archaeologyClassical archaeology on Humanities Commons 2 months, 1 week ago

    This course offers a survey of the archaeology of settled landscapes in the ancient Mediterranean world,
    including both the ancient Near East and the Mediterranean basin. In particular, the course will focus on
    city-country dichotomies in order to study the patterns of development, demography, and land use in
    selected case study areas. While the emergence of urban centers in the Mediterranean and Near East will
    be an important consideration, the main focus of the course will be to study these landscapes in a
    contextualized way, exploring the interrelatedness of the city center and its hinterland and examining the
    ways in which human activity in the landscape over time brings about change. The course will be
    interested in land use and exploitation, agricultural practice, the spatial and temporal dynamics of settled
    landscapes, and the processes (and concomitant effects) of urbanism. It will also focus on the methods of
    collecting landscape data through surface survey, as well as other means of geophysical prospection and
    excavation. Case studies will be used to explore these themes, in addition to others, and will provide
    students an opportunity to use archaeological data in order to produce a research paper based on a chosen
    case study.