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Neolithic Beginnings: Last Foragers and First Farmers in the Eastern Mediterranean - 20 credits (HS2424)

One of the most fundamental and long-lasting changes in the human history took place from around 13,000 to 6000 BC and is known as the transformation from foraging to farming. This module starts by looking at the Epipalaeolithic communities in the Near East in the final millennia of the Late Glacial period, continuing through the flourishing and expansion of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic groups in the Levant and Anatolia to their further west-ward spread into western Anatolia and south-east Europe, especially looking at local adaptations and cultural hybridity of Mesolithic and Neolithic identities in the Balkans. Through this module, we will examine in detail some of the most fascinating sites of World Prehistory, such as ‘Ain Mallaha, Göbekli Tepe, ‘Ain Ghazal, Çatalhöyük, Lepenski Vir, and many others.

Staff: Dusan Boric
Teaching: 20 lectures; up to 4 seminars
Assessment: 1 essay (50%); 1 exam (50%)
Semester: Spring