29649 - Phoenician-Punic Archaeology (1) (LM)

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

Quality education

Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student will have informations at the higher level of specific aspects of Phoenician and Punic archeology, as a basis for developing further study and application of the knowledge learned. The student will be able to describe and catalog the artifacts critically, with good skills in the bibliography.

Course contents

1. Introduction to Phoenician and Punic Archaeology. The extent of this part of the course will based on the cultural background of attending students and check for any basic gaps (3 or 5 lessons).

2. Archaeology of the sacred, funerary archaeology and society between Phoenicians and Punic.The historical, epigraphic and archaeological sources relating to the sacred contexts in the Eastern and Western Mediterranean will be examined (12 or 10 lessons).


       1. Lectures notes.

2. A.C. Fariselli, Musica e danza in contesto fenicio e punico, in Itineraria 6, 2007, pp. 9-46.

3. A.C. Fariselli, Stato sociale e identità. Le armi in contesto funerario, Lugano 2013.

4. A.C. Fariselli, Bambini e campanelli: note preliminari su alcuni “effetti sonori” sui rituali funerari e votivi punici in L’archeologia punica e gli dèi degli altri (= Byrsa 21-22/23-24, 2012-2013), pp. 29-44.

5. P. Xella, Giovanni Garbini e il tophet, in P. Callieri – A.C. Fariselli (edd.), «E non appassisca il tuo germoglio spontaneo». Studi fenici e punici in ricordo di Giovanni Garbini (= Biblioteca di «Byrsa». Nuova Serie. Scritti sull’antico Oriente mediterraneo, 11), Lugano 2019, pp. 211-21.

Program for non-attending students

Non-attending students are expected to complement bibliographical material with:

Three articles selected from: Cartagine fuori da Cartagine: mobilità nordafricana nel Mediterraneo centro-occidentale fra VIII e II sec. a.C. (= BYRSA. Scritti sull'antico Oriente Mediterraneo, 33-34, 2018).


Teaching methods

Frontal lessons with use of power point.
The active involvement of the students will be requested and moments of seminar discussion will be created.

At the end of the course, attending students may have the opportunity to participate in the excavations at the Tharros site (OR).

Assessment methods

The examination will take place through individual interviews.

Students must know the fundamentals of the Phoenician and Punic civilization. They must also be able to place within the historical framework archaeological, epigraphic and iconographical sources examined during the lessons. The assessment will also involve a detailed interrogation of all the texts listed in the bibliographic program.

If the student demonstrates mastery of the subject, excellent exposure and logical connections between different historical-archaeological issues and about the bibliography will receive a good mark.
Students with a basic knowledge, who will be able to contextualize the archaeological materials examined and who will use a language not always appropriate to the subject will pass the exam.

Students with a lack of preparation, and who have not acquired the capacity to analyse the discipline and who have not memorized the bibliography will not pass the exam.

Teaching tools

Power point; teaching material online (ONLY for attending students); selected bibliography.

Office hours

See the website of Anna Chiara Fariselli