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Archeology of Anatolia

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Course ID: 2800-DWANA Erasmus code / ISCED: 08.4 / (0222) History and archaeology
Course title: Archeology of Anatolia Name in Polish: Archeologia Anatolii
Organizational unit: Faculty of Archeology
Course groups: (in Polish) Wykłady ogólnoinstytutowe
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): 1.50
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Language: Polish
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Short description:

The lecture covers the archaeology of ancient Anatolia from the Neolithic revolution to the fall of the Hittite empire. It provides students with many-sided overview on the archaeology of ancient Anatolia. Various archaeological cultures will be discussed according to different regions of modern Turkey (Pontic, Aegean, Mediterranean, central, and eastern). The main subjects include settlement patterns, architecture, pottery traditions, metallurgy and other aspects of material culture. Religion, mortuary practices, or origin of the Indoeuropeans will be also discussed

Full description:

The main issues of the archaeology of Anatolia from the first settlements (GöbekliTepe, NevaliÇori) to the fall of the Hittite empire will be discussed during the lecture. The students will be introduced with the various regions of Anatolia (Pontic, Aegean, Mediterranean, central, and eastern) and their archaeological cultures and main sites. Settlement pattern, architecture, pottery traditions, ancient beliefs, metallurgy or mortuary practices will be analysed. Neolithic revolution, the first temples, the role of Anatolia as cultural bridge and its interaction with neighbors (Caucasus, Mesopotamia, Balkans) are other issues that will be presented during the lecture. The history of the Old Assyrian trade colonies will be the focus subject of the Middle Bronze Age in Anatolia. The history of the Hittite empire and its culture and economy will be discussed in details. The lecture provides versatile overview on the archeology of the ancient Anatolia


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Yakar J., The Later Prehistory of Anatolia: The Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age, Oxford 1985

Yakar J., Ethnoarchaeology of Anatolia. Rural Socio-Economy in the Bronze and Iron Ages, Tel Aviv 2000

Yener A., The Domestication of Metals: The Rise of Complex Metal Industries in Anatolia, Leiden 2000

Learning outcomes:

Systematic and extended knowledge concerning the main subjects of Anatolia. The ability of making comparisons and synthesis on the basis of various archaeological evidence. The understanding of interaction, influences and borrowings in Anatolia, as an example. The skill of identifying and defining the characteristic features of Anatolian cultures.

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

attendance at lecture, examination

Classes in period "Summer semester 2021/22" (past)

Time span: 2022-02-21 - 2022-06-15
Choosen plan division:

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Type of class: Lecture, 30 hours, 20 places more information
Coordinators: Anna Smogorzewska
Group instructors: Anna Smogorzewska
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Examination: Examination
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