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Research - Education: Course in Pottery
Pottery is central to the study of archaeology in the Mediterranean. As the most numerous finds from survey and excavation, ceramics not only provide our main chronological frameworks but also direct insights into a range of issues from ancient economies to questions of identity and agency.
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Postgraduate Course in Prehistoric, Greek and Roman Pottery

British School at Athens

The British School at Athens Postgraduate Course in Prehistoric, Greek and Roman Pottery, an intensive primer for the study of pottery in Greece, will take place in 3rd-15th April 2018.

This intensive course gives participants a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience with one of the major pottery sequences in Greece, guided by leading specialists in the field. Based at the British School’s Study Centre at Knossos, it makes use of the rich holdings of the Stratigraphic Museum which include material from across the Mediterranean in all periods from the Neolithic to Late Roman. The course also comprises field classes to abandoned pottery workshops of the late 19th century, potting villages, visits to important Bronze Age, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman archaeological sites, along with the Heraklion Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Cretan Ethnology. Local potters, specializing in traditional techniques, provide practical experience of all stages of pottery production.

The course coordinator is Dr Kostis S. Christakis (The Knossos Curator) and instructors are Prof. Todd Whitelaw (UCL Institute of Archaeology), Dr Colin Macdonald (British School at Athens), Dr Conor Trainor (University of Warwick), Mr Antonio Bianco (University of Crete), Dr Florence Liard (Williams Fellow in Ceramic Petrology, Fitch Laboratory ), Dr Patrick Quinn (UCL Institute of Archaeology), Dr M. Giannopoulou (University of Crete) and Dr Denitsa Nenova (UCL Institute of Archaeology).

The course fee of £750 includes tuition, teaching materials, room and board (shared accommodation in double rooms with breakfast and some lunch) at the British School’s Research Centre at Knossos, fieldtrip travel expenses, 24-hour access to the Library, and BSA membership. Travel to and from Heraklion is the sole responsibility of the course participant. Students are recommended to apply to their universities for assistance with the fees. A very limited number of bursaries may be available from the BSA for those who would be otherwise unable to attend. Application forms can be downloaded from the British School website (www.bsa.ac.uk). Completed application forms and an academic reference letter (it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that her/his reference is sent) should be emailed to the Knossos Curator Dr Kostis S. Christakis by 15th February 2018 ([email protected]). For further information contact the course coordinator Dr Kostis S. Christakis ([email protected]).