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Classical Archaeology

Classical Archaeology is a historic discipline which deals with the remains of antique cultures in the Mediterranean region from around 1500 B.C. to 500 A.D. Traditionally, it's emphasis lies within the Greek and Roman cultures in Italy, Greece and Turkey but recently, its focus has shifted towards neighbouring cultures and the exchange processes in the different regions of the Mediterranean Basin and adjacent areas. In an attempt to achieve an extensive reconstruction and interpretation of the ancient World, classical archaeologists use a wide array of methods. Among those are visual cultural studies as well as settlement archaeology and archaeological landscape surveys (excavations and surveys). Classical Archaeology also uses scientific methods (archaeometry) and cooperates closely with related academic disciplines like pre- and early history, ancient history and classical philology as well as art history.

Studying in Bochum

At the Ruhr-Universität Bochum classical archaeology can be set as a focus during undergraduate studies (Bachelor of Arts) as part of archaeological studies.
After the achieved bachelor in archaeological studies a masters programme in classical archaeology can be gained and subsequently a doctorate in the same subject area. The Institute of Archaeological Studies also offers masters courses in prehistoric archaeology and in economic and natural resources archaeology. There is also an option to attain a doctorate in prehistoric archaeology.

Special features of research and teaching

A distinctive feature of the research and teaching covered by classical archaeology in Bochum is the scrutiny of the so called periphery of the Greek and Roman world. Apart from the traditional field of interest the discipline of classical archaeology also focuses on the archaeology of the Greek and Roman Near East, the Phoenicians and the Etruscans.
Throughout the syllabus of archaeological studies, the undergraduate studies include the application of scientific methods to answer archaeological issues (archaeometry), which are an important factor in this area of studies. The Institute of Archaeological Studies undertakes a range of field studies, where students are included. Among these projects several are in the Mediterranean area (Jerash/ Jordan as well as Miletus and Nicaea/ Turkey).