NEAR EASTERN ARCHAEOLOGY

Second cycle degree in ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: Second Semester

Lecturer: MASSIMO VIDALE

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6


Syllabus
Prerequisites: Students should have a personal interest in protohistory (copper and Bronze age studies) and the development of social complexity in Europe and Italy. Attending to the course of History of the Ancient Near East (Prof. S. Gaspa) is also recommended.
Examination methods: The exam, in general, is a written test (in english). It will include 4 to 5 questions, including the identification of images, notes of chronology and cultural ascription, and in-depth definitions concerning the main subjects and problems of the matters of the course, in form of text.
Course unit contents: The course deals with the formation of early cities in southern Eurasia and Middle Asia, from the beginning of the food producing economies (neolithic period) to the state of crisis and collapse of the early IInd millennium BC. Two early urban civilizations, Mesopotamia and the Indus valley, are selected among the repertory of various independent civilizations of the macro-region, and presented following parallel tracks of investigation (economy, urban models, invention and transformation of writing systems, monumental architecture, craft and art production, burial customs and graves of the elites) and systematically compared. The comparisons will reveal the analogies as well as the deeply diverging patterns of the social evolution of the core of the Middle East and the Indo-Pakistani Subcontinent.