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Studying classical archaeology at the KU


Classical archaeology deals with the material cultural artifacts in the Mediterranean region from between around 2600 BC and 400 AD. The core area of activity in the field spans across Italy, Greece and Asia Minor (Turkey) and also includes the Greek colonies and Roman provinces from Europe to North Africa, Syria and the Black Sea area. The discipline focuses on high cultures from the Bronze Age, Greeks, Romans and their neighbors. At the KU, students get an insight into the entire spectrum of topics in the subject area with a particular focus on late-antique and early Christian culture.

Students develop an eye for detail and learn how to evaluate the historical development of different types of art and materials and analyze them in their respective historical contexts. Grave goods, benediction of weapons in sanctuaries, wall paintings, sculptures in first and secondary use and many more. 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. They can work on different projects as student assistants or complete an internship in the teaching practice and data base services or museums and archives and participate in digs.

There are many possible future employers: universities, museums, collections, the German Archaeological Institute, which has branches in various different countries, as well as in the fields of historic preservation and tourism. Graduates may also pursue careers in public relations work for museums or in the media. In any case, studying classical archaeology will open up students’ paths for a life full of positive experiences in the field.

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 on the Archaeology website: http://www.ku.de/slf/archaeologie/