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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP4063432, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0616, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination NEAR EASTERN ARCHAEOLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Cultural Heritage: Archaeology and History of Art, Cinema and Music
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines L-OR/05 Archeology and Art History of the Ancient Near East 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 2019 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 VIDALE MASSIMO (Presidente)
CUPITO' MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)
DE GUIO ARMANDO (Membro Effettivo)
4 2016/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 VIDALE MASSIMO (Presidente)
CUPITO' MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)
DE GUIO ARMANDO (Membro Effettivo)
3 2016/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 VIDALE MASSIMO (Presidente)
CUPITO' MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)
DE GUIO ARMANDO (Membro Effettivo)
2 2016/17 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 VIDALE MASSIMO (Presidente)
CUPITO' MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)
DE GUIO ARMANDO (Membro Effettivo)

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.
Target skills and knowledge: Understanding the archaeological evidence of early urbanization processes, their sinchronicity and ambiguity; as well as the deep differences in the trajectories of social evolution in the two opposed poles of the Iranian Plateau. A basic information on the various civilizations of Middle Asia between ca. 4000 and 2000 BC.
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.
Assessment criteria: Students will be evaluated keeping into account their presence at the lessons, their capability of discussing the arguments with the teacher and the other students, and through the performance at the written text; this latter will evaluate the students' understanding of the presented arguments and their level of acquisition of individual critical potential.
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.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Part 1, Mesopotamia: classes with PPT presentations.
Part 1, Indus valley: classes with PPT presentations.
Possibly, further classes dealing with contemporary civilizations and cultural areas in Central Asia, across the Iranian Plateau and Egypt, following discussions and viewpoints expressed by the participants to the course.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Students will be given a reader entitled "Cities on Shaky Foundations", in english. The text (written by the teacher) contains a general overview on the main early urban civilizations of southern Eurasia, between the neolithic abd ca. 2000 BC. Students will also get copies of the PPT presentations of the classes, to be considered matter of examination.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)