HNAK00016U Themes and topics in Near Eastern Archaeology 1: The archaeology of social life

Volume 2016/2017

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

Tilvalgsstudiet på BA-niveau i Nærorientalsk arkæologi, 2007

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


The course will deal with the archaeology of social life through different time periods. Social life is expressed in ritual and cult, social organisation and hierarchy, prestige items and craft specialisation, the way food is produced, prepared and consumed, identity is created and politics are played out.

The course will include material from the Near East and North Africa and treat the time period from Neolithic to Islamic periods. Chronologies will be briefly outlined, and thematic issues will be introduced and discussed. Relevant models and theories are part of the teaching, so that a critical analysis of the material will be achieved.

One aspect treated in some detail will be food, as an exhibition on food as part of the student’s active participation is planned.

Learning Outcome

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

BA 2007-tilvalgsordning
Kronologiske, regionale og temaorienterede studier (fagelementkode HNAB10151E)

KA 2008-studieording
Critical Analysis of Material Culture (fagelementkode HNAK03461E)


It is advisable that students have already passed Introduction to Mesopotamia and Introduction to Egypt. Students need to be able to read English and German textbooks.
The basis of the course will be introductory lectures. More detailed information will be produced by the students themselves, who present this in group-work (food exhibition) or small written assignments. Different theoretical and methodological questions will be treated in group discussions.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 40
  • Guidance
  • 1
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Practical exercises
  • 14
  • Preparation
  • 179,5
  • Project work
  • 150
  • Total
  • 412,5
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assesment