The talking dead in Late Bronze Age Dendra: storytelling, outreach and public engagement

Sampatakou, Despoina Vasiliki (2018) The talking dead in Late Bronze Age Dendra: storytelling, outreach and public engagement. MA(Res) thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

This thesis aims to explore whether storytelling is an appropriate tool for disseminating archaeology in schools and the wider public in Greece. The main objectives are to study how archaeological narratives may address educational needs, identify the benefits of archaeological storytelling for schoolchildren, and discuss the limitations and the challenges of the creation of such narratives. The theoretical framework for this study is based on the main principles of Public Archaeology, the Archaeology of Personhood and the Archaeology of Emotions. The research conducted is qualitative and indicative, studying primary and secondary data including archaeological reports, iconographical data, Linear B records and the Homeric Epics, and the scholarship available from the fields of Public Archaeology, the Archaeology of Personhood and the Archaeology of Emotions. In order to achieve the aims and objectives of this thesis, I have chosen to create two archaeological narratives based on the Tholos tomb and the so-called ‘Cenotaph’ from the Mycenaean cemetery at Dendra in the Argolid, Greece. The analysis focuses on how archaeological storytelling can be an appropriate and valid way of discussing Mycenaean burial customs and the emotions related to death in a Greek classroom.

In conclusion, this study aims to establish a methodological framework that may be used to produce educational material based on storytelling about the Mycenean world and also as a base upon which archaeological knowledge of everyday life in the past may be disseminated to the public.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (MA(Res))
Supervisors: Gallou, Chrysanthi
Keywords: Late Bronze Age, Mycenaeans, storytelling, narration, public archaeology, archaeology of personhood, archaeology of emotions
Subjects: C Auxiliary sciences of history > CC Archaeology
D History - General and Old World > DF Greece
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GR Folklore
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities
Item ID: 55614
Depositing User: Sampatakou, Despoina
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2019 09:51
Last Modified: 07 May 2020 14:16
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/55614

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