NMC363H1: Archaeology of Mesopotamia



A comprehensive survey of the origins of complex societies, urbanism and early states in Mesopotamia from the beginning of the Neolithic period to the end of the Achaemenid Empire. Learn about the rise of villages in the Fertile Crescent (Neolithic period, 10,000–5,000 BC); the foundation of cities and the invention of writing (Chalcolithic period, 5000–3000 BC); the formation of states headed by mighty kings (Early and Middle Bronze Age, 3,000–1,200 BC), and the splendour and awe that defined the empires of Assyria, Babylon, and Persia (1,000–330 BC). While focusing geographically on the archaeology and material culture of Iraq this course will also address sites and related archaeological materials from western Iran, eastern Syria, and south-eastern Turkey.

Distribution Requirements
Breadth Requirements
Society and its Institutions (3)
Mode of Delivery
In Class