12886 - Prehistory and Protohistory (1)

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Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student demonstrates a basic knowledge of Prehistory and Protohistory with particular reference Italian contexts and to methodological aspects. In particular, students are able to recognize findings, documentation, and analysis of archaeological data together with teorethical concepts aimed at reconstruction of protohistorical societies At the end of the course, the student is able to understand the basics of the study of prehistory and plan the subsequent studies.

Course contents

Topics covered include:


Mesolithic and Neolithisation


Social changes at the beginning of the metal age

State-societies of the Aegean

Barbarian West? Adriatic Bronze Age

Barbarian West? Bronze Age of the Tyrrhenian and Western Mediterranean

The Late Bronze Mediterranean Network

The end of the Bronze Age

Iron Age


Cocchi Genick, D., 2009. Preistoria. Verona: QuiEdit.
Bietti Sestieri, A.M., 2010. L’Italia Nell’Età Del Bronzo e Del Ferro: Dalle Palafitte a Romolo (2200 - 700 a. C.) (Manuali universitari 92). Roma: Carocci.

Broodbank, C., 2018. Il Mediterraneo (Piccola Biblioteca Einaudi 702). Torino: Giulio Einaudi Editore (Chapter 7-10)

Teaching methods

The course is organized in 15 sessions of 2 hours each. Approximately every 5 hours of lectures, one is dedicated to discussing the topics covered (seminar). Participation to such sessions is strongly recomended as it is an integral part of the teaching and assessment process.

A session will be dedicated to a visit to the Archaeological Museum in Bologna.

Assessment methods

Assessment will include an oral examination, a brief presentation of a group-work agreed with the teacher during the course and, in the case of students non-attending, the realization of a written essay to be agreed with the course organiser (contacting him at least 4 weeks in advance). The essay must be delivered to the course organiser via email at least 3 weeks before the scheduled exam date.

Teaching tools

Powerpoint presentations will be available on the "Insegnamenti online" platform

Office hours

See the website of Francesco Iacono