The lecture series World Archaeology gives an outline of the deep history of humans and society from our early ancestors to the more complex societies in the world. The role of material culture in society is discussed and shown in many regions and periods. Comparisons between different regions and scales allow us to understand connections between the unique and the global.
People used material culture to shape their world. This type of data can be used to understand past societies, but needs to be treated with care.
This course focuses on current research themes in our Faculty: Early farmers and complex societies in West Asia (i.e. the Near East).
Lectures may incidentally be replaced by excursions.
The book The Human Past is used throughout the course, supplemented by additional literature.
Lectures and tutorials;
Basic knowledge of the deep history of West Asia (i.e. the Near East);
Basic understanding of contrasts and different perspectives on World Archaeology themes;
Basic understanding of the current debates and challenges in archaeology;
How people used material culture to shape their world;
Understanding the nature and variety of archaeological evidence, such as tools, household items, pictures, structures of houses, burials, ecological changes and genetic variations;
Knowledge of the nature of archaeological data and the regional and temporal variations in settlements, economies, and cultural organisation;
General knowledge of and insight into technological, social and cultural developments in time per region (in burial rituals, settlements, economic developments, social organisation).
Course schedule details can be found in MyTimetable.
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Mode of instruction
Lectures and tutorials;
Excursions (museum visits).
You will take part in three 1-hour tutorial sessions, coordinated by Teaching Assistants (TAs). During these tutorials, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in conversations about various research topics. Alongside the TAs, the lecturers will also occasionally participate in the tutorials.
- Multiple choice exam (100%).
During the course there will be 3 assignments all students have to submit through Brightspace. Each assignment can earn you a bonus of 0.2 for your final grade.
A retake of the exam is only possible in case of a fail (in compliance with our teaching rules and regulations), and only when the requirements of attendance and assignments have been met.
Compensation between the grades of World Archaeology 1.1 and World Archaeology 1.2 is only possible if the individual grades are a 5.0 or higher.
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.
Scarre, C. (ed.) 2018. The Human Past. World Prehistory and the Development of Human Societies (Fourth edition) Thames and Hudson) ISBN 9780500294208;
Various additional articles.
Enrolment through MyStudymap is mandatory.
General information about registration can be found on the Course and Exam Enrolment page.
BA1 (first-year) Archaeology students will be enrolled by the Administration Office. If you are not a BA1 student, but want to take this course, please contact the Administration Office.
For more information about this course, please contact prof. dr. P.M.M.G. (Peter) Akkermans.
Compulsory attendance during tutorials. Upon missing more than one tutorial, you will be excluded from the exam.