Chronology and cultures of the Metal Age (2019/2020)

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Name of lecturer
Mara Gioia Migliavacca
Mara Gioia Migliavacca
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Language of instruction
II semestre Ferrara dal Feb 24, 2020 al May 29, 2020.

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Learning outcomes

Approfondire il bagaglio concettuale e tecnico dello studio dell’età dei Metalli con finalità analitiche e ricostruttive dei contesti. Acquisire una formazione specialistica e capacità di elaborare ricerche autonome su temi riguardanti la diffusione della metallurgia in Europa.


A general knowledge on the theories and methods for archaeological research and the terminology used for the description of lithic artefacts, pottery and Metal object is required. For those who do not have this preparation reading the handbook of Manuela Cocchi (2009), Preistoria, Qui Edit, chapter 1 p. 11- 53 and Renato Peroni 1994 Introduzione alla protostoria italiana, Laterza, pp. 62-102 will help to fill the gap.

Course programme
The course consists of two parts: 1) Synthesis of the main aspects of the the diffusion and establishment of the Metallurgy in the European continent, with a particular focus on the Italian peninsula; the following topics will be discussed: chronology, cultural aspects, technology, settlements, economy and symbolic behaviour; 2) close examination of Cupper Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age aspects in agreements with students.

Didactic methods
The course is articulated into lectures and seminars. The topics covered in the sessions will be supported by individual and group presentations aimed at promoting the active participation of students. Lectures can be integrated with visits to archaeological exhibitions and sites.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
R. Peroni Introduzione alla protostoria italiana. Laterza 1994 8842043818 I capitoli e le parti indicati a lezione.
R. C. de Marinis (a cura di) L’età del Rame. La pianura padana e le Alpi al tempo di Ötzi 2013
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 I capitoli 4 e 5.

Assessment methods and criteria

The examination is an oral interview, both for Italian and English students. There will be questions concerning general topics; questions concerning some specific topics that are part of the programme; chronological and cultural definition of some archaeological items from a table of drawings/pictures. A short written paper (tesina) will be presented by the student.