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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject we trace fundamental developments in the human career that occurred in the Middle East. The region was the arena for many crucial events, from the evolution of modern humans to the earliest farming societies and literate civilisations. Focusing mainly on the Levant, this subject begins with the first village farming communities, then proceeds to the rise of urban states in the Bronze and Iron Ages, continues by investigating the period of western ascendancy in the Hellenistic to Byzantine periods, and concludes with the arrival of Islam 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.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPhillip Edwards

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesSecond 500-word assignment, with tutorial discussion and methodological training, to decide between two differing interpretations of a controversial case-study.  Examination. Identify theoretical approaches and research questions appropriate to the evidence from a particular archaeological period. Write an essay answer to address those questions; demonstrate integration of themed knowledge in examination. Class discussions.  Write a medium-length essay to address a substantive research question. First 500-word assignment, analysing and recording an ancient artefact and using primary and secondary sources to frame a line of argument about its place and period of origin.  Medium-length essay discussing traditions of archaeological study of the ancient Middle East.

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Prerequisites Students must have completed at least 60 credit points or obtain the subject coordinators permission


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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

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Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Appraise material culture interpretations based on chronological evidence
02. Develop appropriate questions for archaeological data and case studies.
03. Draw on theoretical and methodological literature from the Middle East to answer research questions about archaeological case studies.
04. Collaborate effectively in a team in a laboratory setting
05. Discuss the cultural diversity of the ancient and Modern Middle East and Western colonialist attitudes to its study

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