HNAK00037U Themes and Topics in Near Eastern Archaeology 2: Key Topics in the Archaeology and History of the Ancient Middle East

Volume 2016/2017

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

BA-tilvalg i Nærorientalsk arkæologi, 2007

Master's Studies programme in Ancient and Midieval 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. The archaeology from the Palaeolithic to the 3rd  millennium BCE, proceeding chronologically, will cover current discussions including a wide range of themes, from the demise of Neanderthals, the origins of farming, to the emergence of urbanism and the first state-level societies. Historically the time period from the late 4th to the 1st millennium BCE in the Near East will be covered with a focal point on economy.

Students will gain a more 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 make interpretations. Students will also be given the opportunity to develop their presentation and writing skills. The course is taught in English.

The course is assessed on the basis of a written essay. Students can chose their own topic for the essay, which must be approved by a teacher. Students must give short presentations as part of this course throughout the semester (alone and in groups).

Learning Outcome

BA 2015-studieording:
Temaer og emne i nærorientalsk arkæologi 2 (fagelemenkode HNAB00461E)

BA tilvalg 2007-studieordning:
Kronologiske, regionale og temaorienterede studier (HNAB10151E)

KA og KA tilvalg 2008-studieordning:
Special Topics in Archaeology (HNAK03221E)

Lectures, exercises and student presentations
Students will be expected to read literature in English, German and French
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 60
  • Guidance
  • 2
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Practical exercises
  • 12
  • Preparation
  • 256,5
  • Project work
  • 40
  • Total
  • 412,5
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assesment