Protohistory (i) (2018/2019)

Course code
4S004608
Name of lecturer
Mara Gioia Migliavacca
Coordinator
Mara Gioia Migliavacca
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Other available courses
Academic sector
L-ANT/01 - PREHISTORY AND EARLY HISTORY
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
Sem. 2B dal Apr 8, 2019 al Jun 1, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Aims and objectives of the course
• To provide an advanced methodological knowledge and a general overview of the subject of study.
• To stimulate a critical analysis of the material useful to the reconstruction of the proto-historic world, at different complexity levels: the artefacts; the sites in the landscape and in their organization; the economic, social, political and ideological organization.
• To provide an advanced knowledge in the archaeology of Northern Italy from the early Bronze Age to the Romanization.
• To underline the relationship between Proto-historic Northern Italy and other areas (Northern and Central Europe, Italic and Mediterranean world).
• To engage students with the material and resources related to the study themes that are present in the surrounding area.

Syllabus

The course surveys the dramatic changes that emerged from the Copper Age to the end of the first millennium B.C. in the human relationship with the environment and in the social organization of human societies, in North-Eastern Italy especially but also in the broader framework of Europe to the North, of central and southern Italy, the Aegean and Mediterranean world to the South. The evolution over time of artefacts, settlements and economic, social and cultural organization is explained also through case studies. A part of the course is devoted to the methodology and the interpretation of prehistoric research.
Unit 1
Introduction to Proto-history. Sources and chronology.
The spread of metallurgy and the consequent economic and social changes.
Unit 2
The Copper age. The emergence of the metallurgic technology: available data.
The emergence of a new human-environment relationship. Changes in cultural, economic and social organization.
Unit 3
The Bronze age: available archaeological data.
Changes in the settlement system and in the cultural, economic and social organization.
The pile-dwellings: organization and exchanges.
Unit 4
Terramare and castellieri: a great transformation in the landscape.
Archaeological data.
Changes in the settlement system and in the cultural, economic and social organization
Unit 5
The collapse of the terramare system and the spread of a new world.
The Early Iron age: introduction to the iron metallurgy.
Archaeological data.
Changes in the settlement system and in the cultural, economic and social organization
The emergence of the early urban centers.
Unit 6
The Late Iron age: archaeological data.
The emergence of writing and of ethnic definition.
Changes in the settlement system and in the cultural, economic and social organization.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
R. Peroni Introduzione alla protostoria italiana. Laterza 1994 8842043818
A.M. Bietti Sestieri L'Italia nell'età del bronzo e del ferro: dalle palafitte a Romolo (2200-700 a. C.) Carocci 2010 9788843052073
G. Leonardi e V. Tiné (a cura di) Preistoria e Protostoria del Veneto, XLVIII Riunione Scientifica IIPP Istituto Italiano di Preistoria e Protostoria 2015

Assessment methods and criteria

oral examination

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2017/2018