Protohistory (i) (2019/2020)

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 6, 2020 al May 30, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Il corso è finalizzato a preparare lo studente a trattare i temi generali dell'evoluzione culturale ed economica delle società umane dal Paleolitico al Neolitico, mettendoli in relazione con le principali variazioni climatiche ed ecologiche del Pleistocene. Gli ambiti geografici di pertinenza sono il continente africano, quello asiatico sudoccidentale e soprattutto l'Europa, teatro di importanti cambiamenti geografici, climatici e bio-culturali.

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
A.M. Bietti Sestieri L'Italia nell'età del bronzo e del ferro: dalle palafitte a Romolo (2200-700 a. C.) Carocci 2010 9788843052073
D. Cocchi Genick Preistoria QuiEdit 2009 solo i capitoli 4 e 5 (pp. 199-307)
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

The aim of the examination is to check the achievement of the educational objectives already described.
The examination will be an oral interview. In the first step, the student will describe and further develop a topic or a case study connected to the programme that she/he has freely chosen; some questions will verify the knowledge and comprehension of the programme, as far as both methods and contents are concerned.