Classical Art and Archaeology courses explore the material remains of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, ranging from modest pottery to the Parthenon, and from Persepolis in Persia to Hadrian's Wall.
Archaeological sites and artefacts often inform us about matters not documented in written sources; together with the written record, archaeology enables us to understand many facets of the ancient world, including religion, mythology, daily life and social practices, governance, political and civic ideology, gender roles, technology, defence, and athletics. Knowledge of ancient languages is not necessary, but can be an asset, especially at third and fourth levels, and can be acquired or enhanced with other courses run by Classics.
Visual evidence plays a large part in all these courses, and the lectures are all well illustrated by either slides or powerpoint. The department also has its own collection of Greek and Roman pottery and a cast gallery: both of these are used in teaching to give students hands-on experience of the material remains of the Classical world.
For more interesting topics related to archaeology, visit archaeology excavations.