Archaeology of the Mediterranean: From the Late Bronze Age to the End of Antiquity

Module code: AR2035

In this module we will explore the period between c.1400 BC and c.600 AD, examining the varied and important archaeologies of diverse powers and regions which emerged and interacted to significant effect across the first millennia BC and AD. We will identify the ways in which the Mediterranean – its waters, landscapes, resources, climates, and peoples – fostered and stimulated the growth of such states, and whether this imbued its societies with a special character.

We will charts the archaeologies of the first Mediterranean superpowers from the Late Bronze Age to Roman times, highlighting in particular the connectivity of cultures within and beyond the Mediterranean.

Topics covered

  • Urbanism
  • Landscape
  • Religion
  • Colonisation
  • Ethnicity
  • Trade
  • Contact


  • 16 one-hour lectures
  • 4 one-hour seminars


  • Essay, 2,500 words (50%)
  • Exam, 2 hours (50%)

Visiting students will replace the exam with a second piece of coursework.