Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LT2760 (AF:249775 AR:110704)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
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The main scope of the course is to provide the students with basic notions on the Prehistoric Archaeology of the Caucasus from the beginning of the Palaeolithic to the early metal ages, the geography of the region, the raw material outcrops and the importance of the obsidian sources and their circulation and trade, the fundamental role paid by this territory in the dispersal of the first hominin toward Europe, and the importance of highland zone pastoralism from the Neolithic onward.
To have already attended Palaeoethnology, which is the course during which the basic elements to follow all the other Prehistoric Archaeology courses are provided
The course deals with different topics of Prehistory of the Caucasus from the beginning of the Palaeolithic to the early Chalcolithic, and its relationships with the other countries facing the northern Black Sea region. More specifically the lectures will concern the earliest anthropisation of the territory, which took place some 2 Myr ago, as shown by the excavations carried out at Dmanisi in Georgia, the importance of the Caucasian uplands, the dispersal of H. Neanderthasensis across the Black Sea corridor, the spread of the first modern humans (H. Sapiens sapiens), the eventual relationships with the Levant at the beginning of the Holocene, and the Neolithisaton of the region.
The most important textbook is

K.K. Kushnareva 1997 - The Southern Caucasus in Prehistory: Stages of Cultural and Socioeconomic Development from the Eighth to the Second Millennium B.C. University Museum Monograph. Peabody Museum

Other references will be given at the end of each lecture. The Power points of each lecture will be available for downloading from the university web
Asking the students, at the end of the lecture, if everything is clear
All lectures will consist of Power Point presentations available to the students through the University web. In some cases photocopies will also be provided. Additional references will be given at the end of each lecture
Tutoring in English is available

In case of request from the students, the course will be delivered in English
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book
Last update of the programme: 09/03/2017