Themes and Topics 1: Themes and Topics in Near Eastern Archaeology 1: Hunter-Gatherers and Early Farmers in the Middle East

Course content

Southwest Asia is a key region for discussions surrounding the early human past. Lying at the cross-roads between Africa, Asia and Europe it was a key migration route and zone of interaction for hominins during the Palaeolithic. Some of the world’s earliest plant cultivating and animal domesticating societies emerged in southwest Asia, sparking the transition to the Neolithic. This course introduces students to the material culture, chronology, social geography, environments, economies and societies of the Palaeolithic and early Neolithic of southwest Asia, and covers key debates, such as the demise of the Neanderthals and the emergence of anatomically modern humans, as well as the origins of farming and village life.  


At the end of the course, the student is expected to have developed:

• An understanding of the questions and central discussions in the early prehistory of the Middle East

• An appreciation of the material culture, chronology and settlements of the early prehistoric periods in the Middle East

  • Knowledge how research history has shaped our understanding of the early prehistory of SW-Asia


At the end of the course, the student is expected to be able to:

•Explain the relationship between different analytical frameworks and current discussions in the field

• critically and reflexively analyse research problems

•Apply knowledge gained to the study of archaeological materials and/or problems


At the end of the course, the student is expected to be able to:

•Recognize and identify the material culture of the periods covered in the course and use it to analyze relevant questions or problems

•Formulate a defined research question independently and describe it in writing

•Apply the theoretical literature in conjunction with archaeological material

The course will be taught by means of lectures, seminars, practical exercises and group work. Students will independently work on a research topic as part of the course, as part of which they will produce a short mid-semester essay that will form the basis of an in-class presentation. This paper will form the basis of the course exam, which will be in essay format.


Fagstudieordning Bacheloruddannelserne i assyriologi, nærorientalsk arkæologi og ægyptologi, 2019

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

Fagstudieordning Kandidattilvalg i assyriologi, nærorientalsk arkæologi, ægyptologi 2019


Learning outcome

BA 2019-studieordning
Temaer og emner i nærorientalsk arkæologi 1 (aktivititetskode HNAB00191E)

BA 2015-studieordning
Temaer og emner i Nærorientalsk arkæologi 1 (aktivitetstkode HNAB00451E)

BA 2019-tilvalgsstudieordning
Temaer og emner i nærorientalsk arkæologi 1 (aktivititetskode HNAB10341E)

KA 2019-tilvalgsstudieordning
Særlige emner inden for arkæologi (aktivitetskode HNAK13011E)


Lectures, seminars, practical exercises, group work.

Students will be expected to read literature in English.

Continuous feedback during the course
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


Course number
Programme level
Bachelor choice
Full Degree Master choice

1 semester

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Study Board of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Contracting department
  • Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator
  • Tobias Richter   (7-7c736d727e6f7c4a727f7738757f386e75)

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Saved on the 08-03-2022

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