ANTH 3370 / HONR 3304

  Archæology of the
  Prehistoric Ægean

  Prof. Karl Petruso
  Spring Semester 2009


Instructor:  Prof. Karl Petruso
Telephone:  817.272.7215
Office:  College Hall 108
Office Hours:  By appointment only
Mailbox:  University Hall 430 (Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology)

Texts (required)

· J. Lesley Fitton, Minoans. London: British Museum Press, 2002
· Lord William Taylour, The Mycenaeans (revised ed.). London: Thames and Hudson, 1983

Both are available at the UTA Bookstore. A readings packet (also required) of photocopied articles and handouts created specifically for this course is available for purchase at the UTA Copy Center located in the basement of the Central Library.

Other Resources

The following titles have been placed on reserve in the Central Library (all are for use in the library only on 2-hour loan). Some are in print and available locally in paperback editions should you choose to purchase them. I have put them on reserve primarily to ensure that they will be available to everyone in preparing your research papers. but I might occasionally recommend readings from them.

     Chadwick, John, Linear B and Related Scripts
     Chadwick, John, The Mycenaean World
     Cullen, Tracey, ed., Aegean Prehistory: A Review
Dickinson, Oliver, The Aegean Bronze Age

     Doumas, Christos, Thera: Pompeii of the Ancient Aegean
Graham, J. Walter, The Palaces of Crete
     Hood, Sinclair, The Arts in Prehistoric Greece
     Renfrew, Colin, The Emergence of Civilisation
     Runnels, Curtis and Priscilla Murray, Greece Before History
Shelmerdine, Cynthia, ed., The Cambridge Companion to the Aegean Bronze Age

     Vermeule, Emily, Greece in the Bronze Age

You are especially encouraged to consult the excellent online course The Prehistoric Archaeology of the Aegean authored by Prof. Jeremy Rutter of Dartmouth College. This website, developed over many years, proceeds chronologically through the Stone and Bronze Ages and provides concise but superb summaries of regional cultural expressions, interconnections, and major problems and controversies, as well as a collection of relevant images. You will find the bibliography for each lesson particularly useful in preparing your research paper. The recent book edited by Tracey Cullen provides detailed and excellent summaries of the current state of research in Aegean prehistory; and the book edited by Cynthia Shelmerdine is a useful and very readable synthesis.

Mr. John Dillard, UTA Subject Librarian for Anthropology, has created a web page entitled Aegean Archaeology Research Resources. It includes seminal books and journal articles (many of the latter in full-text versions, downloadable). It is a very useful resource, and you are encouraged to browse it as you begin work on your research paper.

Finally, it is highly recommended that you read the Iliad of Homer during the semester if you have not already done so. This poem is set during the Heroic Age of Greece, and we will refer frequently if incidentally to its depictions of social and political relationships, religion, economy and technology. The text is available in several English translations; those of Richmond Lattimore (University of Chicago Press), Stanley Lombardo (Hackett Publishing Company) and Robert Fagles (Penguin Classics) are particularly recommended.

Grading (ANTH 3370)

(1)  Three exams (combination objective and short essay), spaced at equal intervals through the course and equally weighted. Exam dates are indicated on the syllabus. Each exam is worth 20% of the course grade. The final exam is not cumulative.
(2)  A research paper, due two weeks before the last day of class (25% of course grade).
(3)  A geography and chronology quiz written in the third week (15% of course grade). A list of toponyms and dates to be mastered is included in the Readings Packet (item #1).

Participation in class discussion can raise the final grade of a student on a borderline.

Grading (HONR 3304)

(1) Three exams (as above), each of which is worth 20% of the course grade.
(2) A research paper (as above), worth 20% of course grade).
(3) Geography and chronology quiz (as above), worth 5% of course grade.
(4) An additional project, to be determined in consultation with me, worth 15% of the course grade. This can be an additional written assignment, a brief presentation to the class, a collaborative endeavor with other Honors students, or some other project we agree on early in the semester (I am flexible on the nature of this assignment and will entertain ideas--the more imaginative the better--for a project that will justify the awarding of Honors credit).

Participation in class discussion can raise a final grade for a student on a borderline.

Course Policies

• Assigned readings are to be completed before associated lectures.
• Aside from the requirements listed above, no other written work will be necessary, and none will be accepted for extra credit or in lieu of missed assignments. A missed exam will receive a grade of zero.
• Except under the most unusual and dire of documented circumstances, no make-up examinations will be administered.
• Except under the most unusual and dire of documented circumstances, no incompletes will be granted.
• The due date for the research paper is firm: it is to be turned in by 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 24. Late submissions will be docked one full letter grade per weekday after that date.
• Your success in this course will be directly related to your attendance. I will pass around a roll sheet at the beginning of each class session for you to sign.
You are responsible for all material presented and discussed in class. If you must miss a lecture, be sure to arrange to read a classmate's notes.
• Although this is primarily a lecture course, I encourage and invite questions and discussion.
• Recording devices may not be used during class without permission.
• Cell phones and pagers are to be turned off during class. If yours rings, I will assume it is an emergency and will invite you to leave the classroom immediately to attend to it.

The Usual Disclaimers

Faculty are not permitted to drop students unilaterally for, e.g., nonattendance. If you decide to drop this course, you must do so by Friday, April 3. After that date you will complete the course and earn a grade.

If you require accommodation in compliance with ADA, please consult with me at the beginning of the semester. As a faculty member, I am required by law to provide what is defined as reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities. It is your responsibility to inform me of the disability at the beginning of the semester and provide documentation authorizing the specific accommodation. Student services at UTA include the Office for Students with Disabilities (located on the first floor of University Hall), which is responsible for verifying and implementing accommodations to ensure equal opportunity in all programs and activities.

The University supports a variety of programs to help you connect with the University and achieve academic success. These include learning assistance, developmental education, advising and mentoring, and transition. Students requiring assistance academically, personally, or socially should contact the Office of Student Success Programs at 817-272-6107 for more information and appropriate referrals.

It is assumed that you understand what constitutes academic dishonesty (essentially the representation of another person's work as one's own). “Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts.” (Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2., Subdivision 3.22).

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated in this course. Any and all suspected incidents will be turned over to the Dean of Students, who is authorized to levy disciplinary penalties up to and including expulsion from the University. Students determined to have committed an act of academic dishonesty on any assignment will, in addition, receive a failing grade for this course.

Conspectus   •   Syllabus    •   Research Paper