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Students will acquire the basics of the methodology of archaeological research, particularly with regard to specific studies on the Prehistory. They will also get a good understanding of the processes of development and population dynamics that have affected Europe through prehistoric times, from the first appearance of man in the Lower Palaeolithic to beginning of the Bronze Age.
a) Aspects and problems of paltethnological research: archaeological evidence; survey and excavation; methods of dating, transformation of raw materials; Experimental archaeology, Ethnoarchaeology, trade and exchange; art and religion.
b) Prehistory of Europe: Palaeolithic and Mesolithic, Neolithic, Copper Age.
c) Paleolithic art.
a) C. RENFREW, Prehistory: The Making of the Human Mind, Modern Library, 2009
b) D. COCCHI GENICK, Preistoria, Verona, QuiEdit editore, 2009, pp. 40-146, 195-210, 273-285.
c) R. DE MARINIS, L`arte paleolitica (Booklet)
d) The transformation of raw materials (Booklet)
e) Lecture notes
Lectures by the course leader and by national and international specialists in the field, personal study of texts, laboratory exercises. Non-attending students and students who have attended fewer than 70% of the classes should contact the teacher for the supplementary exam material.
Readiness to offer individual assistance also in French and English to incoming students.
Availability of supporting bibliographical references also in a foreign language: C. RENFREW, Prehistory: The Making of the Human Mind, Modern Library, 2009