75771 - Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (LM)

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Archaeology and Cultures of the Ancient World (cod. 8855)

Learning outcomes

Students will get a basic knowledge of the methodologies and of the basic problems of near eastern archaeology. They will be able to recognize and critically examine archaeological materials, they will be able to characterize material culture and will acquire the necessary tools for framing data within their chronological, historical and political framework.

Course contents

Material and visual cultures in the Near East during the Bronze and Iron ages (advanced).
Relative chronology of the Early and Middle Bronze ages in the Syro-Mesopotamian area, contextual analysis of ancient architecture in view of its functional characterization.


See the reading list in the Italian section differentiated between attending and non-attending students. Alternative readings in English, French or German may be indicated upon request.

Teaching methods

Joint seminar during and between classes about the making of a relative stratigraphy for Bronze Age Mesopotamia (only for attending students).

Assessment methods

Oral exam aiming at verifying the student's knowledge of the subjects and themes discussed during the classes and/or in the assigned references and, in the case of attending students only, also of didactic materials supplied. The outcome will be evaluated according to the skill to analyze and synthesize themes and problems and to use a language apt for the subject.

Top marks will be awarded to a student displaying an ability to provide a full description of the images and an overall understanding of the topics discussed during the lectures, combined with a critical approach to the material and a confident and effective use of the appropriate terminology
Average marks will be awarded to a student who has memorized the main points of the material and is able to summarise them satisfactorily and provide an effective critical commentary, while failing to display a complete command of the appropriate terminology will result in low marks or rejection.
A student will be deemed to have failed the exam if he displays significant errors in his understanding and failure to grasp the overall outlines of the subject, together with a poor command of the appropriate terminology.

Teaching tools

Teaching materials only for students attending classes (pdf format), available online since the beginning of classes.

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Nicolò Marchetti


Quality education Sustainable cities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.