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060080 SE The Archaeology of Western Sicily (2017W)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: English


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Vorbesprechung: 02.10.2017, 15.00 Uhr

09.10. 15.00-16.30
04.12. 16.00-18.00

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Monday 02.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Monday 09.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Monday 04.12. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

In this course, students will examine the development of human activity in western Sicily from the Upper Paleolithic to the modern era from archaeological perspectives. In addition to the study of particular site/period concerns, students will have the opportunity to research and elaborate upon topics which include colonial activity, land and sea trade, continuity and change in land use, local responses to colonial activity in prehistory and historical times, and regional interaction in the western Sicilian landscape.

Students will be expected to:
- Select an individual topic of research from criteria provided by the instructors
- Perform independent research on the selected topic
- Give a presentation on the selected topic and receive feedback from peers/instructors
- Write a final paper on the selected topic of research
This class will serve as preparation for a planned excursion to Sicily during the summer semester of 2018. Only students who successfully complete this course will be eligible to enroll in the subsequent excursion.

Critical study of literature & independent development of research.

Assessment and permitted materials

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Individual Presentation (20 minutes)
Individual Written Assignment (ca. 15 pages)

Reading list

Selected core literature:

Aubet, M., 2001. The Phoenicians and the West. Cambridge.

Benjamin, S., 2007. Sicily: Three Thousand Years of Human History. Steerforth.

De Angelis, F., 2106. Archaic and Classical Greek Sicily: A Social and Economic History. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Holloway, R.R., 1991. The Archaeology of Ancient Sicily. Butler & Tanner Ltd., London.

Leighton, R., 1999. Sicily before History: An Archaeological Survey from the Palaeolithic to the Iron Age. Duckworth, London.

Tusa, S., 1999. La sicilia nella preistoria, 2nd ed. Sellerio editore, Palermo.

van Dommelen, P., Gómez Bellard, C., 2008. Rural Landscapes of the Punic World. Equinox, London.

Vogiatzakis, I.N., Pungetti, G., Mannion, A.M. (Eds.), 2008. Mediterranean Island Landscapes: Natural and Cultural Approaches. Springer, Berlin.

Wilson, R.J.A., 1990. Sicily under the Roman Empire : the archaeology of a Roman province, 36BC-AD535. Aris and Phillips, Ltd., Warminster.

Further readings to be assigned.

Association in the course directory

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