Temple of Concordia, Sicily

Archaeology of Sicily: Land of Gods and Heroes

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15th January 2018
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Course description

Coveted and contested for millennia by settlers and foreign powers, the island of Sicily boasts a rich and eclectic treasure trove of cultural heritage.

This exciting course takes us through 14,000 years of Sicilian culture, all unfolding in the fertile volcanic landscape wrought by Mount Etna in her timeless fury.

From fascinating glimpses of prehistoric peoples to the awe-inspiring architecture of the Classical and Norman periods, we explore the archaeological allure of this Mediterranean jewel.

Descend into underground cities of the dead, study the ruins of Greek temples and Roman theatres, and marvel at the glittering opulence of historical kings as we investigate the archaeology of Sicily – Alexis de Tocqueville’s land of gods and heroes.


Syllabus outline

In this course we explore the following topics:

Module 1: Prehistoric Sicily: peoples and cultures.

Module 2: The archaeology of Phoenician settlers.

Module 3: The Greeks in Sicily: a civilization and its legacy.

Module 4: Sicilia: a Roman province.

Module 5: Norman splendour in the Kingdom of Sicily.

Leopard mosaic, Palermo

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, learners should be able to:

  • Describe the broad sequence of human occupation and settlement in Sicily;
  • Identify characteristic features of archaeological sites, structures and artefacts from prehistoric and historical periods;
  • Interpret and evaluate archaeological evidence, and discuss what it can tell us about past societies in Sicily and their relationship with the wider region;
  • Discuss a range of themes, concepts and theories in Mediterranean archaeology.

Your tutor

Dr. Mark Anderson specialises in field archaeology, the anthropology of ritual and religion, the formation of complex societies, and the archaeology and cultures of Africa.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Mark Anderson

Course Details

Course Duration:The course runs for five weeks.
Learner Support:Continuous support from a tutor is an integrated element of the course.
Assessment:Assessment methods include quizzes, group discussions and short written assignments.
Award:Certificate in The Archaeology of Sicily (Level 3)