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Research Seminar: The Archaeology of a Neolithic community


Compulsory attendance


Prerequisites and restrictions

Admission to the RMA-programme.


Organised around ongoing research of the Near Eastern staff, this course will present the student with recently excavated evidence (architecture, material culture, etc.) from a small site of the early 7th millennium BC in Syria. The course will take the student into the practicalities of research, including data collection, methodology, interpretation of the available archaeological record, and the preparation of a publication.

Learning outcomes

  • Detailed knowledge of the period, region, research problems, relevant literature, current debates and approaches concerning the theme of research;

  • Ability to critically assess current research and literature and to voice one’s well-argumented opinion;

  • Ability to process archaeological data and to apply relevant theoretical models;

  • Ability to present original research in a scientific manner.

Mode of delivery

  • Lectures;

  • Reading of relevant books/articles;

  • Individual assignments;

  • Discussion on the basis of these assignments.


  • Active participation in class discussions;

  • Reading of assigned literature;

  • Quality of written assignments.

Reading list

The reading list will be given to each student prior to the beginning of the course.