HNAB0103EU  Themes and Topics in Near Eastern Archaeology 1: Hunter-Gatherers and Early Farmers in the Middle East

Volume 2019/2020

Nærorientalske oldtidskulturer på bachelorniveau med centralt fag i Assyriologi, Nærorientalsk arkæologi eller Ægyptologi, 2015

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

Curriculum for the Master’s Programmes in Ancient and Medieval Near Eastern Studies, 2008

Fagstudieordning Kandidattilvalg i næorientalsk arkæologi, assyriologi og ægyptologi, 2019



This course provides students with an overview of the prehistoric societies of southwest Asia  and northeast Africa from the Palaeolithic to the end of the Pottery Neolithic. It covers some of the key debates in these periods, such as the demise of the Neanderthals, the origins of farming and the invention of pottery.


At the end of the course, the student is expected to have developed:

  • An understanding of the questions and central discussions in the early prehistory of the Middle East
  • An appreciation of the material culture, chronology and settlements of the early prehistoric periods in the Middle East


In the end of the course, the student is expected to be able to:

  • Explain the relationship between different analytical frameworks and current discussions in the field
  • Analyse, critically and reflexively, research problems
  • Apply gained knowledge gained to the study of archaeological materials and/or problems



At the end of the course, the student is expected to be able to:

  • Recognize and identify the material culture of the periods covered in the course and use it to analyze relevant questions or problems
  • Formulate a defined research question independently and describe it in writing
  • Apply the theoretical literature in conjunction with archaeological material


The course will be taught by means of lectures/seminars and practical exercises with archaeological materials. Completion of three short practical projects is a mandatory course requirement. Students will also give a short presentation on their practical projects as part of the course during the semester. The course is assessed on the basis of a written 1-week written exam in essay format The course is taught in English.

Learning Outcome

BA 2015-studieordning
Temaer og emner i Nærorientalsk arkæologi 1: Arkæologi af socialt liv(aktivitetstkode HNAB00451E)

BA 2019-tilvalgsstudieordning
Temaer og emner i nærorientalsk arkæologi 1 (aktivititetskode HNAB10341E)

KA 2008-studieording
Special Topics in Archaeology (aktivitetskode HNAK03221E)

KA 2019-tilvalgsstudieordning
Særlige emner inden for arkæologi (aktivitetskode HNAK13011E)

Lectures, practical exercises, discussion and student presentations
Students will be expected to read literature in English, German and French.
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assesment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 286,5
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Exam
  • 40
  • Practical exercises
  • 28
  • Guidance
  • 2
  • Theory exercises
  • 28
  • Total
  • 412,5