MA in Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East
Co-ordinator: David Wengrow
This degree offers an opportunity to study the archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East across traditional boundaries, drawing upon the unique range of learning resources and expertise at the Institute of Archaeology. It is aimed at students seeking a foundation for doctoral research and/or an advanced understanding of the current state of archaeology in the study region.
The Institute has an exceptional track-record of research in Greece, Egypt, Iraq, Turkey and neighbouring countries. This programme challenges the prevailing fragmentation of archaeological theory and practice across these parts of the world. It promotes new approaches to crucial episodes of human development by systematically exploring connections and contrasts between them from the emergence of farming communities to the end of the Iron Age (c. 15,000-500 BC).
Comparative analysis and the study of interaction are grounded in current archaeological and anthropological theory, and also incorporate art historical and historical approaches. Interpretation of the past is situated within a critical appraisal of this area’s role as the crucible of ‘early civilization’, as a perceived point of conflict and commerce between ‘East’ and ‘West’, and as the heartland of cultural memories for a wide range of contemporary economic, political and religious groups.
Students will have access to a range of primary research collections housed at the Institute of Archaeology and the Petrie Museum. The Institute also has ongoing fieldwork projects in many parts of the study region, and staff members are involved in cutting-edge research on many of the topics covered, including large-scale syntheses that cut across conventional regional and disciplinary boundaries.