Archaeology – Theory and Method

·         Credit: 2

·         Lecture: Ms. Efrat Bozer

·         Semester: 1

·         Tuesdays 

The course presents an introduction to the disciplinary foundations of archaeology: the essence of archaeology as a scientific discipline, the nature of archaeological data, archaeological field methods and approaches to archaeological interpretation. The trends and aims of contemporary archaeology shell be discussed. Special emphasis will be given to the interconnections between archaeology and other sciences; how do archaeology reconstructs the social and economic organization of ancient societies as well as their cognitive world; Reconstructing historical events and the agency of charismatic leaders. We will also present the role of archaeology and the perception of the past in forming current group identity.