Aspects of Production and Exchange of Mediterranean Pottery ARCH5073P

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The focus of this module is on the most commonly found artefact type in the ancient Mediterranean, pottery:   investigating how the pottery was made, describing and characterising pottery, and determining the source as well as the function of that pottery. This aspect is illustrated with relevant archaeological, archaeometric and other data.


2 hours per week for ten weeks

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses





 2 essays, each of 2,500 words and carrying equal weight

Course Aims

This course aims:

■ To appreciate the diversity and importance of the archaeological information that Mediterranean pottery can give

■ To present the traditional and science-based methodologies adopted in studying this pottery

■ To apply these methodologies to certain well-known classes of Greek and Roman pottery

■ To interpret the resulting evidence in terms of function, distribution and chronology

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to demonstrate:

■ A broad appreciation of archaeological pottery in the Aegean and the Roman world

■ A good working knowledge of particular classes of Greek and Roman pottery

■ A critical appreciation and knowledge of the means of interpreting that pottery's function and distribution

■ Where relevant, an appreciation of some basic science-based skills that would be informally assessed in the laboratory work

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.