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Ancient Near Eastern Studies


Archaeology and History of Western Asia B

Course identification: 04-VA-AGWB
Class hours per week: 2
ECTS points: 5
Duration: 1 semester
Course offering: -
Level: BA


Vorlesung: Archaeology and History of Western Asia B

Basic introduction to the history of Western Asia based on archaeological sources. Module A of the six-part lec ture cycle (entry possible at any time) introduces the earliest periods of human history in ancient Western Asia (= countries of today's Near and Middle East). The focus lies on processes of change in the coexistence of social groups. These become archaeologically tangible in building and settlement patterns and burial practices, in material and visual culture as well as through scientific analyses. The geographical scope covered ranges from the eastern Mediterranean coast to Central Asia and from Anatolia to the south of the Arabian Peninsula. The lec ture provides an overview of the chronological structure, regional and supra-regional developments, and specific phenomena according to the archaeological record and the current state of research. It will present important si tes, monuments and researchers, and refer students to relevant research literature on specific periods and problems.

Learning objectives:
The module provides facts and contexts, i.e. research-based knowledge on the early history of ancient Western Asia based on archaeological sources. In addition, students gain insights into the archaeological and intellectual processes that led to the current state of research.

a) written examination (approx. 30 to 60 minutes) or
b) oral examination of one candidate each (approx. 10 minutes)