PREHISTORY AND PROTOHISTORY

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Code
65093
ACADEMIC YEAR
2021/2022
CREDITS
9 credits during the 1st year of 8453 Conservation of Cultural Heritage (L-1) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
L-ANT/01
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Conservation of Cultural Heritage)
semester
1° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The sciences that investigate Prehistory and Protohistory aim to analyze the biological and cultural processes that characterized the origin and development of our species until the urban revolution, when writing began to spread. The course aims to provide the basic knowledge about human evolution and related human cultures between Lower Paleolithic to the end of the Bronze Age.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The teaching of "Prehistory and Protohistory" aims to provide a general picture of the development of the human cultures from the Lower Palaeolithic to the Late Bronze Age, starting from the key concepts for each Period and then focusing on the cultures that characterized the Italian Peninsula.

 

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The aim of the course is to illustrate the human evolution and to provide an overview of the development of cultures from the Lower Palaeolithic to the Bronze Age, starting from the more general issues of the discipline, and then focusing on the cultural aspects that characterized the different phases of the Prehistory and the Protohistory in Italy. At the end of the course, the student will have a thorough knowledge of the topics related to Prehistory and Protohistory, will be able to express them with clarity and capacity for contextualization and critical analysis, and will finally be in possession of the relative technical-specialist lexicon.

PREREQUISITES

None.

TEACHING METHODS

- Use of PPT, videos and other material.

- All students (non-attending too) must registered to aul@web.

- Lessons will be held in presence; due to the classroom capacity limitations imposed by the Covid pandemic, students must reserve their seats in order to access classes.
To book your seat for class, use the app you can find at this link: https://easyacademy.unige.it/portalestudenti/
Remember that, to attend the classes, it is necessary to have a valid "Green Pass". Following lessons in classroom, where possible, is highly recommended. Students who are unable to attend in person can follow the lessons remotely on the Teams channel: d5wekep

 

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course aims to provide a basic knowledge on the origin and evolution of man and the development of its cultures in the period between the Lower Palaeolithic and the end of the Bronze Age. It follows an anthropological perspective, useful for understanding and defining the processes that have characterized the evolution and transformation of human communities and their cultures during Prehistory and Protohistory, also in relation to climatic changes and environment. In particular it deals with the process of hominization, the Early Palaeolithic cultures, the Neanderthal man and his disappearance, the origin and spreading out of Africa of the anatomically modern man (Homo sapiens), the hunter-gatherer societies of the Upper Palaeolithic and of the Mesolithic, the symbolic thought and the emergence of art, the sedentarization and the introduction of agriculture during the Neolithic, the discovery of the metallurgy, the birth of the first urban settlements and the beginning of the “historic” times. Although particular attention is given to what happened in the Italian Peninsula, the archaeological evidence of other Mediterranean and extra-European areas are also presented in order to understand the origin and extent of certain phenomena. Finally, information on cutting-edge technologies and most updated methodologies, which is necessary to adequately assess the archaeological data, is also provided.

The 6-credit (CFU or University Educational Credit) program will be focused exclusively on the chronological period between the Upper Palaeolithic and the Late Bronze Age, as well as the methodological basis of the discipline.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bibliography for the 9-credit program

- Giorgio Manzi, 2013. Il grande racconto dell'evoluzione umana. Il Mulino, Bologna.

- Marco Peresani, 2018. Come eravamo. Viaggio nell'Italia paleolitica. Il Mulino, Bologna.

- Daniela Cocchi Genick, 2009. Preistoria. QuiEdit, Verona. (Neolithic, Copper and Bronze Ages only)

A book of your choice between:

- Vincenzo Formicola, 2016. Dal Neandertal allo Hobbit - Fossili e idee controcorrente. Oltre edizioni, Sestri Levante.

- Silvana Condemi, François Savatier, 2017. Mio caro Neanderthal - Trecentomila anni di storia dei nostri fratelli. Bollati Boringhieri, Torino.

- Colin Renfrew, 2011. Preistoria – L’alba della mente umana. Einaudi, Torino.

- Richard C. Francis, 2016. Addomesticati - L'insolita evoluzione degli animali che vivono accanto all'uomo. Bollati Boringhieri, Torino.

Further bibliography will be indicated during the course.

I can also provide english bibliography for those who are not able to read Italian texts.

Bibliography for the 6-credit program

- Daniela Cocchi Genick, 2009. Preistoria. QuiEdit, Verona. (Neolithic, Copper and Bronze Ages only).

- Vincenzo Formicola, 2016. Dal Neandertal allo Hobbit - Fossili e idee controcorrente. Oltre edizioni, Sestri Levante. (Chapter 4 only).

A book of your choice between:

- Colin Renfrew, 2011. Preistoria – L’alba della mente umana. Einaudi, Torino.

- Richard C. Francis, 2016. Addomesticati - L'insolita evoluzione degli animali che vivono accanto all'uomo. Bollati Boringhieri, Torino.

Further bibliography will be indicated during the course.

I can also provide english bibliography for those who are not able to read Italian texts.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Office hours: On line or at my office (Via Balbi, 2 - 3rd floor). Only on appointment.

Exam Board

FABIO NEGRINO (President)

NICOLA CUCUZZA

FABRIZIO BENENTE (Substitute)

SILVIA PALLECCHI (Substitute)

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

- Use of PPT, videos and other material.

- All students (non-attending too) must registered to aul@web.

- Lessons will be held in presence; due to the classroom capacity limitations imposed by the Covid pandemic, students must reserve their seats in order to access classes.
To book your seat for class, use the app you can find at this link: https://easyacademy.unige.it/portalestudenti/
Remember that, to attend the classes, it is necessary to have a valid "Green Pass". Following lessons in classroom, where possible, is highly recommended. Students who are unable to attend in person can follow the lessons remotely on the Teams channel: d5wekep

 

LESSONS START

Monday, September 27th, 2021, h 15-17.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Oral exam.

Non-attending students are required to agree on the exam program with the teacher and to contact him as soon as possible (by e-mail, by phone or by presenting themselves during his office hours).

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The oral exam will allow to verify if the student has acquired a good knowledge of the subject-matter dealt with. His speaking ability and his competence in analysing some historical processes will also be verified, placing them in a correct chronological framework and exposing them in a clear manner and with an adequate terminology.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
13/12/2021 10:00 GENOVA Orale
17/01/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
11/02/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
09/05/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
23/05/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
13/06/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
22/07/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
05/09/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

Students who do not attend must always contact teaching staff to agree on a programme.