HNAB0100EU  Introduction to Near Eastern History and Archaeology

Volume 2019/2020

Fagstudieordning for bacheloruddannelserne i assyriologi, nærorientalsk arkæologi og ægyptologi, 2019

Fagstudieordning for bachelortilvalg på assyriologi, nærorientalsk arkæologi og ægyptologi, 2019


The course deals with particular aspects of Near Eastern archaeology, history and social history, from Prehistoric to the early Islamic periods. Archaeology draws its knowledge from the material remains, such as e.g. architecture, burials, and pottery in their social and archaeological context to reconstruct social and political history, development of hierarchy, power and ideology etc. Assyriology is based on textual evidence and reconstructs e.g. religion, philosophy, literature, and the understanding of science. There will also be a short introduction to the theory and methods of Archaeology and Assyriology, so that the sources of information and how they can be approached will be discussed.

Active participation in class is a necessary pre-condition for taking part in the exam. Students will have to take part in group-work, prepare an individual presentation and write a 5 page paper.

Learning Outcome

BA 2019-studieordning:
Introduktion til Nærorientalske oldtidskulturer:
Asyriologi (aktivitetskode HASB00501E)
Nærorientalsk arkæologi (aktivitetskode HNAB00141E)
Ægyptologi (aktivitetskode HÆGB00121E)

BA tilvalg 2019-studieordning:
Introduktion til Nærorientalske oldtidskulturer (aktivietetskode xxxxxxxxx)



M. Matthews, 2003: The Archaeology of Mesopotamia, 1984 (part). M. Van De Mieroop, A History of the Ancient Near East (second edition, 2007), S. Pollock, Ancient Mesopotamia (part). Liste udleveres ved undervisningens start.. Pensum udgør ca. 1200 sider.

The students have to be able to read English textbooks.
Lectures with active participation of the students.
3 day excursion to Berlin in late November/early December

Active participation in class is a necessary pre-condition for taking part in the exam.
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assesment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 328,5
  • Lectures
  • 84
  • Total
  • 412,5