The Archaeology of Minoan Crete, with Simon Tomson

Ref: C2346564

As the Minoans were building a five-storey town, we in Britain were putting up stone circles! This course will introduce students to the sophisticated Minoan Bronze Age culture of Crete and its islands. We shall examine the archaeological evidence accumulated since 1901, when Sir Arthur Evans started excavating at Knossos and revealed the fabulous Minoan culture to the world. Since then many more astonishing things have been found which reflect Minoan society, architecture, art, trade, agriculture, industry and literacy. Crete's unique geographical position in the Eastern Mediterranean allowed long-distance trade contacts and access to rare materials which fed the Minoan artistic economy which, in turn, inspired high quality exports to its neighbours. These trade contacts allowed ideas, as well as materials, to flow in both directions, creating the advanced Minoan Bronze Age culture which we so admire today.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the sophisticated Minoan Bronze Age culture of Crete. We shall examine the evidence of societal organisation, architecture, art, trade, agriculture, industry and literacy.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Contrast the positives and negatives of Crete's geological situation.
  • Outline the fundamental aspects of Minoan architecture.
  • Discuss the underlying agricultural economy of Minoan Crete.
  • Appreciate the sophisticated artistic achievements of the Minoans in fresco painting, fashion, ceramics, colour use and sculpture.
  • Describe how geological processes led to the collapse and extinction of Minoan culture.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

This course continues in the vein of the previous term's Prehistory course, however this course is free-standing, and as such new students are welcome.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The Archaeology of Minoan Crete, with Simon Tomson

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