HNAB00401U Introduction to Mesopotamia

Volume 2015/2016
Curriculum for the BA-programme in Middle Eastern Languages and Society with specialisations in Arabic, Assyriology, Hebrew, Near Eastern Archaeology, Persian, Turkish and Egyptology, 2015

Curriculum for elective studies in Near Eastern Achaeology, 2007

Curriculum for elective studies in Assyriology, 2007

The course deals with particular aspects of Near Eastern Ancient and Medieval 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 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 2015-studieordning:
Introduktion til Nærorientalske oldtidskulturer:
Asyriologi (fagelementkode HNAB00401E)
Nærorientalsk arkæologi (fagelementkode HASB00401E)
Ægyptologi (fagelementkode HÆGB00401E)

BA tilvalg 2007-studieordning:
Assyriologi (fagelementkode HASB10011E)
Nærorientalsk arkæologi (fagelementkode HNAB10011E)



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.
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.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 10
  • Excursions
  • 18
  • Guidance
  • 3
  • Lectures
  • 52
  • Practical exercises
  • 26
  • Preparation
  • 258,5
  • Project work
  • 45
  • Total
  • 412,5
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assesment