HNAK0001EU Themes and Topics in Near Eastern Archaeology 1: From the Origins of Agriculture to the Dawn of the State

Volume 2018/2019

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


This course will outline some of the key themes and debates in the prehistoric and early historical periods of the Middle East, covering the Near East and northeast Africa from the Palaeolithic to the end of the 4th millennium BCE.  Proceeding chronologically, the course will cover a wide array of themes ranging from the demise of Neanderthals and the origins of farming, to the emergence of urbanism and the first state-level societies. The course will be taught by means of lectures, seminars and practical exercises.

Students will gain in-depth knowledge of the pre- and proto-historic archaeology and history of the Middle East and Egypt, and will critically examine the use of archaeological and historical data to interpret this record.  In the practical exercises students will be given the opportunity to work with material culture. 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 essay. The topic will be given by the teachers. The course is taught in English.

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
Special Topics in Archaeology (fagelementkode HNAK03221E)


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