World Archaeology 2 obtained.
This course focuses on the archaeology of early urban societies across the globe. After a general introduction on the archaeology of early cities and states the lecturers will present a series of regional case studies on
the Near East (Politopoulos);
the Mediterranean (Revello Lami);
the Americas (vacancy).
We will tackle a number of themes in these sessions, including the emergence of social inequality, class society, cities and states, the development of complex economies and long-distance trade, and the transformation of ritual practices and religion.
In this course we will discuss conceptual frameworks and theories, and present a number of important datasets through a series of case studies.
The topics and their regional case studies are introduced in 2-hour lectures. Subsequently students study reading materials. Mini multiple choice wrap-ups will be provided on Brightspace after every class.
Gain insight into models and theories applied by archaeologists when investigating complex societies and processes of urbanisation;
Gain insight into the emergence of diverse social and political arrangements;
Gain insight into the development of economic and administrative systems;
Gain insight into the ritual practices and religion of the first cities and states;
Ability to critically evaluate theories on the development of the first cities, early state formation, and the diversity of human societies against archaeological datasets on a general level.
Course schedule details can be found in MyTimetable.
Log in with your ULCN account, and add this course using the 'Add timetable' button.
Mode of instruction
Weekly mini tests (not graded);
Bi-weekly group discussions.
- Three assignments (one in every two weeks).
All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in MyTimetable.
Log in with your ULCN account, and add this course using the 'Add timetable' button. To view the assessment deadline(s), make sure to select the course with a code ending in T and/or R.
Deadlines for assignments are included in the course syllabus.
Per meeting there will be one or two papers to read. The reading list will be distributed at the start of the class.
For lectures, tutorials, and exams, enrolment through MyStudymap is mandatory.
You are also required to confirm your exam in MyStudymap. No confirmation = no participation!
General information about registration can be found on the Course and Exam Enrolment page.