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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP4063432, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0616, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination NEAR EASTERN ARCHAEOLOGY
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 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
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)
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)

Prerequisites: This Study Course does not require any other preparatory Course; however, the students willing to attend 'Near Eastern Archaeology' will certainly profit from the Course of prof. Salvatore Gaspa 'Storia del Vicino Oriente Antico'.
Target skills and knowledge: The course is aimed at provideing the students with:
1. a basic knowledge of crucial facts and research themes of Near Eastern Archaeology, from the Neolithic to the political unification of the land under the akkadian conquerors, and the following collapse of their kingdom;
2. a basic knowledge of crucial facts and research themes of the development of the Indus Valley Civilization, and its devolution soon after 2000 BC;
3. the skill of comparing critically the historical pictures emerging these two remote fields of study, applying a personal criticism to the complex problems involved in the rise and collapse of the earliest Bronze age states of southern Eurasia.
Examination methods: The final examination will be a written test, including some constrained questions (e.g. recognizing an image, or multiple-choice questions) and other free ones, aimed at ascertaining whether students have mastered the notions and the criticism skills above mentioned.
Assessment criteria: The tests will evaluate not only the acquisition of the key notions presented during classes, but also the personal ability of each student of discussing of the involved historical themes with the due critical sense.
Course unit contents: The Course will develop in the following steps:
1. The Neolithic (or early food producing era) in Mesopotamia and in the Indo-Pakistani Subcontinent.
2. the Chalcolithic (or regionalization era) in Mesopotamia and in the Indo-Pakistani Subcontinent.
3. The early Bronze ageo, urbanization and the invention of writing
in Mesopotamia and in the Indo-Pakistani Subcontinent.
4. Comparing two alternative political systems.
5. The collapse of the early urban world in Mesopotamia and in the Indo-Pakistani Subcontinent in the light of current research on on the 4.200 kya mega-drought event.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Classes will try to stimulate the students encouraging a collective discussion, adopting a continuous strategy of questioning them, and analyzing their answers. For such reason, attendance to classes is strongly recommended.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The bibliography of the examination, as well as the texts to study and the powerpoint presentations of the Course, will be made available in the Moodle platform of the Course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)