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Studying classical archaeology


Classical archaeology deals with the artifacts left behind by cultures in the Mediterranean region between around 900 and 400 BC. The area that is studied and researched in this discipline extends from Spain to Italy, Greece, and Turkey, and also includes North African countries and the historic region of Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. Late Ancient Egypt from the time of Alexander the Great is also included.

Students develop an eye for detail and learn how to evaluate the historical development of different types of art and materials such as decorative and everyday crockery, wall paintings, and sculpture. They also study aspects of architecture and city layouts, as well as many different forms of architectural sculpture, i.e. the decorations used in temples. Students are also able to apply the knowledge that they gain in these areas to understand newer forms of art, as almost all trends since the Renaissance have been influenced by Greek and Roman art, with artists creating a new synthesis of antique styles and their own visions each time. The understanding of past ages provided by the study of classical archaeology also enables the modern world to be better understood.

During their studies, students of classical archaeology develop key skills that are in high demand on the job market. The majority of students take language courses and spend some time studying abroad, and participating in archaeological digs provides them with the opportunity to develop their ability to adapt mentally and physically, practice multitasking, and improve their logistical skills. Working as a student assistant in image archives or collections can lead to internship opportunities at large museums. In this way, students come into contact with original works, providing them with a starting point for theoretical analysis.

Graduates may find work at universities or museums, or at the German Archaeological Institute, which has branches in various different countries, as well as in the fields of historic preservation and tourism. They may also pursue careers in public relations work for museums or in the media. 

During their studies, students of classical archaeology develop key skills that are in high demand on the job market. The majority of students take language courses and spend some time studying abroad, and participating in archaeological digs provides them with the opportunity to develop their ability to adapt mentally and physically, practice multitasking, and improve their logistical skills. Working as a student assistant in image archives or collections can lead to internship opportunities at large museums. In this way, students come into contact with original works, providing them with a starting point for theoretical analysis.

Graduates may find work at universities or museums, or at the German Archaeological Institute, which has branches in various different countries, as well as in the fields of historic preservation and tourism. They may also pursue careers in public relations work for museums or in the media. 


More information is available in German at www.ku.de/slf/archaeologie/