CL 17A Introduction to Greek Archaeology
Term Project

Recognizing the influence of Ancient Greece on our modern landscape


Syllabus      *Due Thursday, December 1st*
One of the basic jobs every archaeologist has is to identify and classify artifacts (preferably from one's own excavation!). Using the knowledge collected through readings and class lectures you will be experiencing this firsthand. The material culture of Ancient Greece has had a profound effect on the modern world and its cultural expressions. The use of innovations, institutions, concepts, and even style has been both intentional and accidental. So much of what we do and see everyday can be traced back to the art, architecture, and culture of these peoples: democracy, philosophy, education, athletics, "classical" architectural and sculptural styles, even entertainment -- theater and religious festivals.

You are gaining ample classification experience in a classroom setting and are able to identify characteristics of the ancient Greek culture and its material remains. Now you will stretch your archaeologist legs (literally and figuratively) by conducting
"research in the field." The knowledge collected through readings and class lectures will be applied to the present assignment.

The assignment: You are to go out and find a total of 5 (five) things in the San Francisco Bay Area (can be only Berkeley if you choose) that are derived from, inspired/influenced by, or are a reflection of Ancient Greece and/or its material culture.
You will present your work in written form, similar to an artifact catalog description with:
    1) a picture or pictures of the artifact/object/subject
    2) and a catalog entry in list form that includes:
    3) Following the catalog list, you will write a description of the item and what it is, describing especially why you have identified it and connected it to Ancient Greek culture in this way. What are the significant characteristics for dating the ancient original? You must support your reasoning by comparing the item to something we looked at in class and/or discussed in the readings.

This assignment should be typed, in a font of 10 or 12 pt. and should be single or 1.5 spaced. Illustrations are required for the main artifacts, encouraged for comparanda!! Each description should be between 1/2 to 1 page long.

If you need any guidance please come see me or Belisi at any time!!
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