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CODE 94758
ACADEMIC YEAR 2024/2025
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-ANT/01
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 2° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The "deep history" or the historical process that precedes the spread of writing is the subject-matter of Paleoethnology, also known as Prehistoric Archaeology. The course will therefore deal with the interactions between biology, culture and environment from Palaeolithic to the beginning of the Metal Age, explaining the applied methodologies also with reference to some case studies.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to provide students with theoretical and interpretative methodologies and tools to deepen the problems of pre-protohistoric archeology; to make known - in an anthropological perspective - the interactions between man, culture and environment between Paleolithic to Bronze Age.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The aim of the course will be to illustrate the behavioural and cultural dynamics of the most ancient civilizations, from the bands of the Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers to the first stratified societies along with the analysis of some case-studies; some theoretical and methodological perspectives of prehistoric archaeology will also be discussed. At the end of the course, the student will have a thorough knowledge of the topics related to Palethnology, will be able to express them with clarity and capacity for contextualization and critical analysis, and will finally have a good command of the relative technical-specialist vocabulary. In addition to a good knowledge of the topics covered, a PPT presentation on a previously agreed topic will also be required.

Differences in learning outcomes between 9-CFUs teaching and 6-CFUs teaching will only concern content, properly reduced; 6-CFUs programme will therefore be limited to the first module of the programme.

 

PREREQUISITES

The knowledge of the main periods in which Prehistory has been divided, as well as of the best-known cultural aspects, particularly with regard to Italy and Europe, is warmly requested.

TEACHING METHODS

- Use of PPT, videos and other material.

- Seminar activities on some topics.

- All students (non-attending too) must registered to aul@web.

- Lectures are given in person, with the possibility for students to follow them at a distance, i.e. online. Attendance is not compulsory but highly recommended.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course is articulated in two modules. In the first one we will discuss about the theoretical aspects of the discipline, from the definition of the term "Prehistory" to the investigation and interpretation tools involved in the study of the contexts, from excavation and dating to the analysis of the archaeological evidence, from the use of theoretical models, including also examples from Ethnography, to the study of techno-economic processes, from cognitive features to Bioarchaeology. In the second one a case study will be analysed, focusing on a specific historical phase or on particular methodological issues.

There is no difference in the programme between attending and non-attending students.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Texts:

- Colin Renfrew, Paul Bahn 2012. Archaeology. Theories, Methods and Practice. Thames & Hudson. (Selected chapters only)

- Daniel Lord Smail, 2007.  On Deep History and the Brain. University of California Press.

- Marshall Sahlins, 2017 - Stone Age Economics. Routledge, London. (First chapter only)

- David Abulafia 2010 - The Discovery of Mankind: Atlantic Encounters in the Age of Columbus. (First chapter only)

Further bibliography will be indicated during the course.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

LESSONS

LESSONS START

Early February.

Class schedule

The timetable for this course is available here: Portale EasyAcademy

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

- Oral exam. In addition to a good knowledge of the discussed topics a PPT presentation is also requested.

- Non-attending students are required to agree on the exam program with the teacher and to contact him as soon as possible (by e-mail, by phone or by presenting themselves during his office hours).

 - Erasmus students not proficient in Italian may request a substitutive bibliography, and take the examination in English or French.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

 

The oral exam will allow to verify if the student has acquired a good knowledge of the subject-matter dealt with, as well as his interpretative abilities in analysing some case studies. The competence in the use of the theoretical and investigative tools illustrated during the course will also be ascertained. A good oral presentation of the data, accompanied by a demonstrated ability to elaborate and summarize a topic of choice in the form of a PPT, will also be part of the overall judgment.

 

 

 

 

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