Themes and Topics 2: State development, Empires and social life in the Near East: 6000 BCE to 300 BCE

Course content

This course will outline some of the key themes and debates from the Chalcolithic to later historical periods of the Middle East, covering the Near East and northeast Africa from the 5th to the 1st mill BCE. Proceeding chronologically, the course will cover a wide array of themes ranging from the importance of feasting in chiefdoms, state development and the origins of hierarchy to the larger empires of the later periods. The course will be taught by means of lectures, seminars and practical exercises.

Students will gain in-depth knowledge of chosen periods from proto-historic and historic archaeology and history of the Near 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 engage with the 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 taught in English.


Fagstudieordning Bacheloruddannelserne i assyriologi, nærorientalsk arkæologi og ægyptologi, 2019

Fagstudieordning BA-tilvalg i assyriologi, nærorientalsk arkæologi, ægyptologi 2019

Fagstudieordning Kandidatuddannelserne i nærorientalsk arkæologi, assyriologi og ægyptologi 2019.

Fagstudieordning Kandidattilvalg i assyriologi, nærorientalsk arkæologi, ægyptologi 2019


Learning outcome

BA 2019-studieording
Temaer og emne i nærorientalsk arkæologi 2 (aktivitetskode HNAB00201E)

BA tilvalg 2019-studieordning
Temaer og emner i nærorientalsk arkæologi 2 (aktivitetskode HNAB10351E)

KA 2019-studeordning
Archaeological Analysis (constituent for Near Eastern Archeology), (aktivitetskode HNAK03531E)

KA tilvalg 2019-studieordning
Critical Analysis of Materiel Culture (aktivitetskode HNAK13001E)


Lectures, exercises, discussion and student presentations

Teaching will be in English, and students will be expected to read literature in English

Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assessment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 156,5
  • Practical exercises
  • 42
  • Project work
  • 100
  • Guidance
  • 2
  • Exam
  • 70
  • English
  • 412,5