Ancient Mesopotamia (ARNE2602)


This unit will examine the archaeology and early history of Mesopotamia, focussing on: climate and the evolution of landforms; evidence for early settlement; subsistence and natural resources; production; kinship; religion; mortuary practices; writing; and contact with adjacent peoples, particularly concentrating on Iran, the Gulf, and the Indus Valley.

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Further unit of study information


2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x2500wd Essay (50%), 1x2hr exam (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Junior credit points of Archaeology or (6 Junior credit points of Archaeology, and 6 Junior credit points of Ancient History or Classical Studies)

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