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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
LEO2044166, A.A. 2016/17

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0616, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2016/17
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ARCHEOLOGY OF PRODUCTION PROCESSES
Department of reference Department of Cultural Heritage: Archaeology and History of Art, Cinema and Music
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MASSIMO VIDALE L-ANT/10

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses L-ANT/10 Archeological Research Methodologies 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 27/02/2017
End of activities 09/06/2017
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2019 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 VIDALE MASSIMO (Presidente)
CUPITO' MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)
6 2014/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 VIDALE MASSIMO (Presidente)
CUPITO' MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)
5 2014/118 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 VIDALE MASSIMO (Presidente)
CUPITO' MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)
4 2014/17 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 VIDALE MASSIMO (Presidente)
CUPITO' MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)
3 2014/16 01/10/2015 30/11/2016 VIDALE MASSIMO (Presidente)
CUPITO' MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Specific interest for the methodology of archaeological research; basic notions on the technical evolution of Homo and the main chronological frame of reference. If the course will include laboratory activities, students will be required to behave and interact socially, freely and critically exchanging ideas and experiences witht he rest of the group and with the teachers.
Target skills and knowledge: The goals of the courseare 1) to inform students on the modes and the antiquity of human technical evolution, from the early prehistory (stone knapping technologies) to the rise of the technical complexity of the Middle Palaeolithic; and 2) make them understand the main theoretical viewpoints and the diagnostic tools we currently apply in archaeology for the study of human technologies.
Examination methods: The exam is usually a writtem test, during which the student is required to answer 6-7 questions.
Assessment criteria: The teacher considers as an important criterion for evaluation the frequency to the frontal classes, and teh capacity of the attendants to take an active part in the process, positing questions and criticizing the viewpoints of the teacher and of the other students. If the course will also include pratical activities in the labs (for example, studying "hands on" archaeological ceramics, or taking part in experimental replications of technical processes) such interactive aspect will be even more important. The teacher will also consider the results of the written exam.
Course unit contents: A critical understanding of the concepts of "culture" and "progress". Difference between Homo and the other animals in terms of tools making and cultural transmission. We will discuss various ideas on the emergence of language and their implications. The evolution of lithic technologies from Homo ergaster/habilis to the last hunter-gatheres of the early Holocene. The role of Neandertals in the development of technical skills.
The invention of pottery in the upper Palaeolithic. Basic techniques for forming, surface treating and firing prehistoric ceramics.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: 42 hours of frontal classes, possibly including a certain amount of practical activities in our labs and/or stages of experimental archaeology for the replication and testing of specific techniques. The precise outline and programming of the course may be discussed with the participants that will be encouraged to propose their ideas.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The books to be studied for the written test will be discussed and eventually decided after the first class, following the requests of the participants and the suggestions of the teacher. In any case, the teacher will provide the participants with a substantial apparatus of the needed PPT presentations.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)