Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject we trace fundamental innovations in the human career which were played out in the Middle East. The region was the cradle of crucial developments including the advent of the earliest farming societies and literate civilisations. Focusing on South-west Asia, the subject continues to investigate its archaeology from the Bronze and Iron Ages to the period of western ascendancy in the Hellenistic to Byzantine periods, concluding with the arrival of the Crusaders in the region. Political conditions, international rivalry and the massive size of many archaeological sites all played their parts in producing a distinctive brand of Middle Eastern archaeology.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPhillip Edwards

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of Archaeology subjects, or co-ordinator's approval


Incompatible subjects ARC2AME

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPhillip Edwards

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
One 1-hour examination (1,000-word equivalent)25
One 2,000-word essay50
Two 500-word assignments25