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Ancient Mediterranean Seafaring

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 7
Module lead
Crystal El Safadi
Academic year

Module overview

A basic appreciation of the cultural phases and events that took place in the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean region from Prehistory to Late Antiquity will be assumed as a prerequisite of the module. With this in hand a thorough examination of the maritime aspects of a region that from earliest times depended to a greater or lesser extent, upon riverine and sea-going craft as a means of communication and exchange, will be undertaken. The module will essentially be approached chronologically from the earliest evidence for seafaring in prehistory to late antique times. Within this approach particular themes relating to seafaring, maritime trade and communication will be explored and the problems and challenges of interpreting the available evidence examined. Issues concerning patterns of geomorphological and sea-level change and maritime conditions of the region will be addressed, together with the evidence for harbours and shipwrecks, vessels and patterns of trade, navigation and maritime landscapes and how these changed over time in the Mediterranean and beyond. These themes will be examined comprehensively through case studies and examples, and maritime artefacts and images will also be considered.