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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Theory and Method in Near Eastern and Islamic Archaeology

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Study year 2016/2017

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Programme level Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice
Course responsible
  • Susanne Kerner (6-716b78746b78466e7b7334717b346a71)
  • Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Course number: HNAK00036U

Course content

The course deals with the important theoretical approaches and methods developed in archaeology and related topics. These theories are studied by reading relevant texts and discussing their use in archaeology.

The course starts with an overview of evolutionism, cultural particularism, diffusionism etc., but concentrates more on the 20th/21st cent. approaches such as ethnoarchaeology, post-structuralism, agency, materiality etc. Topics will be between others economic and social explanations in archaeology, interpretations of figurines, typologies etc.

Learning outcome

KA 2008-studieordning:
Theory and Method in Near Eastern Archaeology (fagelementkode HNAK03211E)

Theory and Practice of Archaeology (fagelementkode HNAK03261E)

Recommended prerequisites

Ability to read English and German texts

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


Study Board of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


Susanne Kerner kerner@hum.ku.dk, Rachael Dann rachael@hum.ku.dk


1 semester


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Teaching and learning methods

Each class starts with a general introduction, followed by presentations of and discussions with the students. The students have to study different texts for each class and have to present some texts during the course.




B.G. Trigger: A History of Archaeological Thought;  J. A. Bell: Reconstructing Prehistory (1994), chapter 4-7;  R. Bernbeck: Theorien in der Archäologie (1997). These texts are the base for the entire course and need to be read for the first classes. More material follows through the semester


Category Hours
Exam 75
Preparation 195,5
Lectures 28
Project work 100
Practical exercises 14
English 412,5


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