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The Prehistory of Anatolia and Cyprus


Admission requirements

  • World Archaeology 1.2 obtained;

  • This is a seminar with a limited amount of participants (20 students), for Archaeology students exclusively;

  • This is not an optional course for the Archaeology BA3 programme. If you want to take this course as an extra-curricular course in your programme, you should ask permission from the Board of Examiners. You can only be admitted with permission, with proper argumentation, and only if there are spots left.


This course provides an overview of the prehistory of Anatolia and Cyprus, from the Neolithic up to the Early Bronze Age. Key issues that will be discussed are:

  • The history of research, the geography and climate of Anatolia and Cyprus, and how this changed over time;

  • The origins of Neolithic societies in Anatolia and Cyprus;

  • The spread of Neolithic societies to western Anatolia and beyond;

  • The development of idiosyncratic Late Neolithic and Chalcolithic societies in Anatolia and Cyprus;

  • The emergence of exchange networks in Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age Anatolia and Cyprus;

  • The emergence of elites and a prestige goods economy in Anatolia;

  • The second ‘colonisation’ of Cyprus in the Philia period.

Course set-up

A critical introduction into the archaeology of the specific topic is provided in the morning. Students spend the day preparing a presentation and discussion points in groups. At the end of the day there is a meeting with student presentations and discussion.

Course objectives

  • To gain an overview of the culture-historical development of prehistoric Anatolia and Cyprus;

  • To gain insight into research traditions in prehistoric Anatolia and Cyprus and the current academic controversies within these fields;

  • Ability to critically assess key issues in the prehistory of Anatolia and Cyprus in oral and written formats.


Course schedule details can be found in MyTimetable.
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Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Student presentations;

  • Discussion.

Course load

  • 24 hours of seminar (1 ec);

  • 200 pages of literature (2 ec);

  • 6 short essays of ca. 300 words (1 ec);

  • Final essay of 1,500 words (1 ec).

Assessment method

  • Presentations and discussion during the course (40%);

  • Mini essays, dealing with the case studies discussed in class (30%);

  • Final essay (30%).

Assessment deadlines

All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in MyTimetable.
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Deadlines for assignments are included in the course syllabus.

Reading list

A list of readings is provided 2 weeks prior to the start of the course.


Registration in uSis is mandatory. You can register for this course until 5 days before the first class.

Registration in uSis automatically leads to enrollment in the corresponding Brightspace module. Therefore you do not need to enroll in Brightspace, but make sure to register for this course in uSis.

You are required to register for all lectures and tutorials well in time. The Administration Office registers all students for their exams, you are not required to do this in uSis.

Start registration for the BA2 seminars:

  • Series 1: 27 September 2021, 07:00 hrs

  • Series 2: 17 January 2022, 07:00 hrs

  • Series 3: 28 February 2022, 07:00 hrs


For more information about this course, please contact dr. B.S. (Bleda) Düring.


  • Compulsory attendance. If attendance and participation in group discussions is too limited, no credits will be awarded;

  • The maximum amount of participants for this class is 20. If the number of interested students exceeds 20, those who have to take this course as part of their programme requirements will be prioritised.