CIV 490 FINAL EXAM
Please read the following instructions carefully:
1) In this assignment your task is not to repeat the things you have learned over the semester, but to
use your knowledge of bibliographical resources to investigate questions that are somewhat
different from ones we have considered in class, and to use your general knowledge of the Bronze
Age Aegean to put the answers to these questions in a broader context.
2) The exam is due by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, December 18. If I am not in my office, take it to the
departmental office (Morton 326) and leave it in my mailbox.
3) You may use your notes, your textbook, the internet, the books on reserve and those in the
general library collection. The only thing you can't do is to consult another living person (aside from
your instructor) for assistance. Work on your own.
4) Try to find the best sources for each problem. Use of things like Encylopedia Britannica will be
5) After Monday (12/8), please turn in to your instructor the books
you have been using for your term papers. Watch
for new books being put on reserve that might help you in this assignment.
6) Be considerate toward your fellow students: return all reserve material as rapidly as possible, and
do not make journals and other library material disappear. Do not horde. If several people tell me
that Branigan's book, for instance, is constantly unavailable, and one student turns in a paper that
relies heavily on Branigan, that student's work will be frowned upon.
7) Your answers should reflect your awareness of chronology and geography wherever such
considerations are appropriate.
8) For each answer, cite your source(s).
PART I (30 points, 5 points each). These questions pertain to the student reports. Refrain from
doing the question that pertains to your own report. You should be able to give an adequate answer
to each question in about five or six sentences. Your answer should reflect your understanding of
the significance of the question in relation the major events and trends of the Bronze Age Aegean.
- 1. (For all except Ben) If the destruction of Troy described by Greek tradition is in
any way real, at which level of Troy is that destruction most likely to have occurred? For what
reason is it most likely?
- 2. (For all except Rob) Describe the grisly scene uncovered by archaeologists at the
shrine of Anemospilia near Knossos.
- 3. (For all except Abbie) Describe at least three ways in which the layout or
architecture of the palace at Zakro is unique among Minoan palaces. (the more ways the better)
- 4. (For all except Jessica) Describe the miniature fresco of the Nautical Procession
from the West House at Akrotiri
- 5. (For all except Tim) What, if anything, can analysis of Greenland ice cores tell
us about the volcanic eruption of Thera?
- 6. (For all except Meredith) Trace, over the course of the LH/LM period, the
contrast between the number of eastern imports found in Crete vs. The number found on the
mainland. What might the changes indicate?
- 7. (For all except Rachel) Clearly identify and briefly describe at least three
Minoan artifacts, aside from snake goddesses, that show women engaged in possible religious
PART II (70 points, 10 points each). These questions should be answered in greater detail; about
two-thirds of a page to a full page will suffice in most cases. Your answer should reflect your
understanding of the significance of the question in relation the major events and trends of the
Bronze Age Aegean. Choose SEVEN out of the following:
- 1. Describe the architecture of the "shrine" at Phylakopi (Melos) and the
finds uncovered in it.
- 2. Describe the tablets of the Aa, Ab and Ad series from Pylos. What do
they have to tell us about women and children in the palace system?
- 3. Describe the Minoan remains at Gournia and Palaikastro.
- 4. Who were the "Sea People", what evidence is there for their activities,
and what effect, if any, did they have on the Aegean region
- 5. Describe the Kamilari tholos, and discuss its importance in
undertanding the nature and development Cretan round tombs.
- 6. Review the evidence for the various destructions at Tiryns during LH
IIIB & C. How do these relate chronologically to destructions elsewhere?
- 7. Describe the structrue known as Tsountas' House at Mycenae
- 8. Sketch the development of major Minoan pottery types (in terms of
shape, decoration and manufacture) from MM I to MM II.
- 9. What evidence is there for the presence of Malaria in the population of
Bronze Age Lerna?
- 10. Describe the results, and the significance thereof, of the geophysical
investigations carried out in the latest (1997) season of work of the Pylos Regional
Archaeological Project. (PRAP)