Introduction to the prehistoric archaelogy 3101-DO1PRA
The courses touches on the following topics:
- terminology, fundamentals of periodization of history, chronological characteristics;
- main taxonomic units and most important archeological sites for specific ages and periods with a particular focus on artifacts and objects;
- economic changes and building developments;
- societal development from egalitarian communes to rang ones;
- development of rituals and art;
- climate and environmental changes and their impact on cultural and economic changes of humans throughout stone, bronze and iron ages.
Type of course
After the course you will:
1. have basic knowledge on the place and significance of prehistoric archaeology in historical sciences;
2. have general knowledge on archaeological cultures in Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages including basic terminology and scientific theories;
3. have basic knowledge on interrelations between prehistoric archaeology, geography, geology, radiophysics, anthropology, archaeozoology, chemistry, paleobotany and history;
4. have basic knowledge on human development in the prehistoric times and human adaptive strategies dependent on environmental conditions;
5. be able to recognize systems of writing of ancient civilizations influencing the communes of prehistoric Europe;
6. be able to recognize main types and groups of prehistoric artifacts and match them with appropriate taxonomic units;
7. be aware of the significance of prehistoric cultural heritage in the process of forming of civilizations;
8. be aware of exceptional value of archeological sources in recreating of human history;
9. be aware of responsibility to preserve cultural heritage.
Written exam will comprise of a survey concerned with the following issues:
- basic categories of archaeological sources (artifacts made of various materials and objects) influencing recreation of human history;
- chronology and taxonomic characteristics in specific ages and periods;
- economic strategies.
The required bibliography will be provided during the first class.
Information on level of this course, year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered, types and amount of class hours - can be found in course structure diagrams of apropriate study programmes. This course is related to the following study programmes:
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