Admission to the Master Archaeology programme;
One of the MA focus areas should be Archaeology of the Near East and/or Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology.
The Neolithic (ca. 10,000-5,300 BC) is one of the most crucial periods in the history of the Near East, associated with major social, economic and material innovations and important changes in the archaeological record. It is also a period that has emerged as a major research topic over the past two decades.
In this course we will study the current archaeological views on this period of early village formation. Attention will be given to:
Epipalaeolithic forager communities;
Neolithic expansion and food production;
Transitions and transformations;
Pots-and-people associations in the late Neolithic;
Pastoralism and mobility;
Neolithic monuments and ritual;
Neolithic administration and (in)equality;
Burial practices in the Neolithic.
Lectures, presentations by students, class discussions of presentations and literature.
Detailed knowledge of cultural developments in the Neolithic Near East, on the basis of the assigned literature, lectures, assignments and discussions;
Detailed knowledge of the current literature, current debates and the archaeological approaches in it;
Ability to critically assess current research and assigned literature, and the ability to voice one’s well-argued opinion;
Ability to choose a research topic, find relevant literature, apply current views on one’s own research topic and present this via a PowerPoint presentation, and the ability to handle a stimulating discussion afterwards;
Ability to critically assess the various presentations;
Ability to write a balanced and critical essay on one’s research topic, with expression of a critical assessment of the literature and one’s own well-argued opinion, making use of the feedback received with the presentation.
Course schedule details can be found in the MA and MSc time schedule.
Mode of instruction
Following the introductory lecture there will be individual assignments dealing with specific research questions and research items concerning the Neolithic Near East.
The topics of research will be addressed in the form of student class presentations, reading of books/articles, and a subsequent essay (1,800 words).
Due to COVID-19 measures in place, and depending on developments in the situation, the mode of instruction may change before or during the course.
7 × 2 hours of lectures (1 ec);
280 pages of literature (2 ec);
Short assignments and 1 presentation (1 ec);
Essay of 1,800 words (1 ec).
Student class presentation (20%);
Weekly assignments (20%);
Final essay of 1,800 words (60%).
Prior to each class students read literature and provide a summary with discussion points. These must be submitted the day before class. All essays, including the final essay, must be submitted through Turnitin. The final essay also has to be submitted in print.
A retake is only possible for the final essay, and only when all requirements, including attendance, have been met.
The deadlines for the weekly assignments will be announced on Brightspace, for the final essay see the MA and MSc examination schedule.
Due to COVID-19 measures in place, and depending on developments in the situation, the assessment method may change before or during the course.
The reading list will be given to participating students prior to the beginning of the course.
Registration via uSis is mandatory.
The Administration Office will register all BA1 students for their tutorials (not lectures; register via uSis!).
BA2, BA3, MA/MSc and RMA/RMSc students are required to register for all lectures and tutorials well in time.
The Administration Office registers all students for their exams, students are not required to do this in uSis.
For more information about this course, please contact prof. dr. P.M.M.G. (Peter) Akkermans.