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DCH 514: Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Cultural Heritage and Archaeology






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Course Description and Aims

This course is designed to rigorously introduce CyI doctoral students to key themes and topics in cultural heritage and archaeological research. Furthermore, this graduate seminar aims at addressing the ways interdisciplinary methodologies and applications can help enhance research work in an array of fields in the humanities and the social sciences with a focus on cultural heritage and archaeology. Students are encouraged to think outside the methodological boundaries of traditional disciplines and to be better aware of the research potential available in the use of cross-disciplinary approaches and applications.

Within the seminar’s framework, course directors will engage current topics in scholarship appropriately chosen to meet the needs and interests of participating students. In turn, students will be expected to fittingly develop projects on focused topics that permit the effective use of interdisciplinary theories and methods. Optimally, participants’ course projects will be directly related to their PhD research field. As such, one of the key goals of the course is to help students produce a solid research paper by the end of the semester; thus offering them the opportunity to utilize this paper in their doctoral research as well as to use it as a sample of their work for funding and scholarship applications.

Besides lecture topics offered by the instructor and guest lecturers, the course is primarily student-driven with each participant assuming a class research topic. In Class 3 of the course, students will be expected to submit a maximum 2-page outline of their course topic. Besides introducing students to the course’s basic themes, concepts of research, thesis writing and presentation, the hours of class will be used for student presentations, site and fieldwork visits.  

This semester long course will be organized in 2.5-hour weekly meetings which will be devoted to lectures offered by the course tutor and guest lecturers as well as discussion based seminar meetings with the contribution of experts in the field. The projected timetable of lecture and seminar meeting topics is as follows:


Lecture Topics (each topic’s content will be covered between one and two meetings)

1.   Introduction to the course’s theme, objectives and projects
2.   Archaeology: Theory and methods
3.   Defining Cultural Heritage
4.   Preserving Cultural Heritage
5.   The Eastern Mediterranean context
6.   The Case of Cyprus
7.   Problems in Archaeological and Cultural Heritage Research
8.   Scientific Advances for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
9.   Technological Advances for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
10. Student presentations
11. Students presentations
12. Student presentations


Grade distribution

60% - final essay; 30% - seminar presentation; 10% - participation in class


Selected bibliography

  • Renfrew, C. and Bahn, P. 2008. Archaeology: theories, methods and practice. London: Thames and Hudson.
  • Schiffer, M. 1987. Formation Processes of the Archaeological Record. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press
  • Lucas, G. 2001. Critical approaches to fieldwork: contemporary and historical archaeological practice. Routledge, London
  • Goldberg, P. and Macphail, R. 2006. Practical and Theoretical Geoarchaeology. Oxford:Blackwell.
  • Burenhuit,G. 2002. Archaeological Informatics: Pushing the Envelope. Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. Oxford: Archaeopress
  • Logan, W. and smith, L. 2012. Key Issues in Cultural Heritage. London: Routledge.
  • Eerkens, J. Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology, Springer
  • Koester, H. 2004, Ephesos: Metropolis of Asia: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Its Archaeology, Religion, and Culture. Harvard: Harvard Theological Studies
  • Yoffee, N. and Crowell, B. 2006, Excavating Asian History: Interdisciplinary Studies in Archaeology and History. Arizona: the University of Arizona Press
  • Torres, M. and Rehren, T. 2008. Archaeology, History and Science: Integrating Approaches to Ancient Materials. California: Left Coast Press.
  • Rodney, H. 2013, Heritage: Critical Approaches, Oxon: Routledge
  • Zhou, M. Geng, G. and Wu, Z.2012. Digital Preservation Technology for Cultural Heritage. London: Springer
  • Jensen, L. Leerseen, J. and Marthijsen, M. 2010, Free Access to the Past: Romanticism, Cultural Heritage and the Nation. Leiden: Brill
  • Bentkowska-Kafel, A. Denard, H. and Baker, D. 2012. Paradata and Transparency in Virtual Heritage. Farnham: Ashgate
  • Rogerio-Candelera, M. Lazzari, M. and Cano, E. 2013. Science and Technology for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage. London: Taylor and Francis Group
  • Stanco, F. Battiato, S. and Gallo, G.  2011. Digital Imaging for Cultural Heritage Preservation: Analysis, Restoration and Reconstruction of Ancient Artworks. London: Taylor and Francis Group
  • Becket, F. and Gifford, T. 2007. Culture, Creativity and Environment: New Environmentalist Criticism. the Netherlands: Rodopi
  • Marty, P. and Jones, K. 2009. Museum Informatics: People, Information, and Technology in Museums. New York: Routledge
  • Robert, L. 2012. Mapping Cultures: Place, Practice, Performance, London: Macmillan
  • Evans, T. Daly, P. 2006. Digital Archaeology: Bridging Method and Theory, Oxon: Routledge
  • Huhtamo, E. and Parikka, J. 2011. Media Archaeology: Approaches, Applications and Implications, California: University of California Press
  • Lock, G. 2003. Using Computers in Archaeology: Towards Virtual Pasts. New York: Routledge.
  • Graves, M. 2014. Digital Archaeology: The Art and Science of Digital Forensics. Michigan: Edward Brothers
  • Earl,G. Sly, T. and Chrysanthi, P. et al, 2014.  Archaeology in the digital era, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press
  • Bonacchi, C. 2012. Archaeology and Digital Communication: Towards Strategies of Public Engagement, Archetype Publications