HNAA01111U Introduction to Mesopotamia

Volume 2014/2015
BA-programme in Middle Eastern Languages and Society with specialisations in
Arabic, Assyriology, Hebrew, Near Eastern Archaeology, Persian, Turkish and Egyptology, The 2010 Curriculum

The course deals with particular aspects of Mesopotamia’s archaeology, history and social history, from Prehistoric to 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 an introduction to the theory and methods of Archaeology and Assyriology, so that the sources of information and how they can be approach 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 2010-studieordning, Mesopotamien i oldtiden:

Asyriologi (fagelementkode HASB01111E)

Nærorientalsk arkæologi (fagelementkode HNAB01111E)

Ægyptologi (fagelementkode HÆGB01111E)

M. Roaf: Cultural Atlas of Mesopotamia and the Near East, 1990; R. Matthews, 2003: The Archaeology of Mesopotamia, 1984 (part). M. Van De Mieroop, A History of the Ancient Near East (second edition, 2007) Liste udleveres ved undervisningens start. Pensum udgør ca. 1200 sider.
The students have to be able to read German and English textbooks.
Lectures with active participation of the students.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 10
  • Excursions
  • 18
  • Guidance
  • 5
  • Lectures
  • 52
  • Practical exercises
  • 26
  • Preparation
  • 256,5
  • Project work
  • 45
  • Total
  • 412,5
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assesment