MA in Mediterranean Archaeology

Mediterranean Bar

Co-ordinator:  Corinna Riva

Major Contributor: Corisande FenwickBorja Legarra HerreroTodd Whitelaw

The Mediterranean, the world’s largest inland sea and the interface of Europe, Africa and western Asia, is one of the major crucibles of cultural, economic and political change in world history, a focus of scholarship for all periods between the Palaeolithic and the present, and a place where the past plays a critical role in the present, as well as in the creation of a viable future. This degree is the leading programme of its kind in the world. It draws on the UCL Institute of Archaeology’s unique breadth and depth of research and teaching expertise in this field, which ensures students benefit from small-group seminars and hands-on supervision with the ability to choose from a pool of at least a dozen teaching staff members. The programme also draws its strengths from the Institute’s teaching and research in cultural heritage, museum studies and conservation which support the study of the past in relation to the present, cultural heritage and the practice of archaeology today.  The unique library and museum resources that include the British Museum, and seminars, lectures and events on offer across London, from other institutions and visiting scholars, all make the Institute a world-leading department to pursue Mediterranean archaeology and its cultural heritage.

Based on our unparallelled breadth of expertise and number of scholars working in the region from Tunisia, Italy, to the Aegean and Lebanon, the MA degree is able to provide a unique approach to the Mediterranean as a whole, from prehistory (with selective examples from deep prehistory) through classical antiquity until the early Medieval period to the present, its cultural heritage and the ethical challenges of archaeological practice. Its framework is explicitly holistic and interpretative, offering an understanding of Mediterranean archaeology in the broadest of senses, and investigating how the Mediterranean’s traditionally-defined sub-regions fit into and in turn shaped this wider picture. The programme encourages comparison of places and periods, the application of multidisciplinary approaches and inquiry into the ethical and heritage issues facing the region today. Students are encouraged to embark on innovative dissertation projects drawing on the expertise of more than 50 members of the Institute’s teaching staff (from heritage and museum studies to archaeological sciences), and using the resources unique to the department such as current field projects in the Mediterranean, our own collection of archaeological material and collaborative efforts with the British Museum.

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