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Archaeology of the Ancient Near East I

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This course is designated to provide a general introduction to the archaeology of the Ancient Near East. The course will be organized chronologically around broad processual themes (e.g. the origins of agriculture, emergence of urbanism, the rise of state-ordered societies, etc.), and will trace their historical development within various geographical sub-regions of the Near East (Mesopotamia, Syria-Palestine) from the earliest times to the end of the Bronze Age. Emphasis will be given to cultural history, while exploring the complex processes of social organization and change that gave shape to the remarkable cultural accomplishments of the Ancient Near Eastern world.

Výuka proběhne blokově v následujících termínech (vše místnost C102), konkrétní témata pro jednotlivé přednášky budou upřesněna: 17.4. 9:10-10:45 a 10:50-12:25 19.4. 9:10-10:45 20.4. 9:10-10:45 24.4. 9:10-10:45 a 10:50-12:25 26.4. 9:10-10:45 27.4. 9:10-10:45

Suggested Reading:

Akkermans, P.M.M.G - Schwartz, G.M. (2003). The Archaeology of Syria. From Complex Hunter-Gatherers to Early

Urban Societies (ca. 16000-300 BC), Cambridge.

Killebrew, A.E.-Steiner, M. eds. (2014), The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Levant: 8000-332 BC?


Pollock, S.-Bernbeck, R. (2005). Archaeologies of the Middle East, Oxford.

Potts, D., ed. (2012). A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, I-II, Malden, MA - Oxford -