Prehistoric Ecology

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-ANT/01
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The aim of the course is to provide the basic skills necessary to acquire the methodology of research in prehistoric ecology, and its use in a complex diachronic framework of multi and interdisciplinary type with particular reference to the Prehistory and Protohistory of northern Italy. The research will provide indications on recovery and sampling in excavation of all the archaeological evidence useful for the reconstruction of the man-environment relationship and, specifically, of the exploitation dynamics of natural resources and soil between the 6th and 1st millennium B.C. in the Po Valley and Alpine Italy. Particular attention will be given to the bioarchaeological evidence (archeobotany and archeozoology) and to the study and critical edition of bioarchaeological materials in their archaeological context.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding: basic knowledge of the methodology of research in prehistoric ecology.
Applying knowledge and understanding: basic skills required to apply the methodology of research in a complex diachronic framework of multi- and interdisciplinary type.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Lessons will be held in presence in the first semester. They can also be followed on the Microsoft Teams platform both synchronously based on the timetable of the first semester and asynchronously because they will be recorded and left available to students on the same platform.
Course syllabus
Part A (20 hours, 3 cfu): Principles, methods and aims of research in Prehistoric Ecology.

Part B (20 hours, 3 cfu): Environments, settlements, economy, chronology and cultural groups of the Neolithic in Northern Italy.

Part C (20 hours, 3 cfu): Subsistence activities in Neolithic of Northern Italy: agriculture and livestock breeding.
Prerequisites for admission
Prehistory; Methodology of archaeological research (strongly recommended). Curiosity, willingness to work in groups and actively contribute to the individual and collective learning process
Teaching methods
The course will take place alternating frontal lessons with individual or group presentations by the students. The lessons will present images in the form of power points and the use of other media.
Teaching Resources
The teaching materials presented in the lectures (slides) and handouts will be available on the Prehistory page of the Ariel platform (http://ariel.unimi.it/User/Default.aspx), once the lessons related to the teaching units in question have been completed.

Part A
1. De Grossi Mazzorin J. 2008, Archeozoologia. Lo studio dei resti animali in archeologia, Laterza.
2. Di Pasquale G. 2011, Che cos'è l'archeobotanica, Carocci.
3. McClatchie M., OCarroll E. (with contributions by Eileen Reilly) 2015, TII Palaeo-environmental Sampling Guidelines. Retrieval, analysis and reporting of plant macro-remains, wood, charcoal, insects and pollen from archaeological excavations.
(https://www.tiipublications.ie/downloads/SRM/18-TII_palaeo-environmenta…)
4. Campbell, G., Moffett, L., Straker, V. 2011, Environmental Archaeology. A guide to the theory and practice of methods, from sampling and recovery to post-excavation, English Heritage, Centre for Archaeology Guidelines.
(https://www.researchgate.net/publication/295912767_Environmental_Archae…).

Part B
1. Pessina A., Tiné V. 20182, Archeologia del Neolitico. L'Italia tra il VI e il IV millennio a.C., Carocci.
2. Atti del convegno "Il pieno sviluppo del Neolitico in Italia", Museo Archeologico del Finale - Finale Ligure Borgo 8-10 giugno 2009, a cura di Maria Bernabò Brea - Roberto Maggi - Alessandra Manfredini, Rivista di Studi Liguri, LXXVII - LXXIX, 2011-2013, Istituto internazionale di Studi Liguri, Museo Bicknell - Bordighera. Parts III-VI (individual articles available on the web).

Part C
1. Atti del convegno "Il pieno sviluppo del Neolitico in Italia", Museo Archeologico del Finale - Finale Ligure Borgo 8-10 giugno 2009, a cura di Maria Bernabò Brea - Roberto Maggi - Alessandra Manfredini, Rivista di Studi Liguri, LXXVII - LXXIX, 2011-2013, Istituto internazionale di Studi Liguri, Museo Bicknell - Bordighera. Parte II, Northern Italy only (individual articles available on the web).

Non-attending students have to agree on an alternative study path and preparation for the exam with the Professor
NB: The program may be subject to changes and updates; it will be expressed in its final form at the end of the course and published in Ariel (https://utecchiatip.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v5/home/Default.aspx).
Additional bibliography will be indicated during the course.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will take place in attendance. If the emergency situation so requires, it will take place orally using the Microsoft Teams platform. The examination, in particular, will be aimed at:
- ascertain the achievement of the objectives in terms of knowledge and comprehension;
- verify the student's autonomy of judgment also through the analysis of the cases discussed during the course or mentioned in the textbooks;
- ascertain the mastery of the specific language of the discipline and the ability to present the arguments in a clear and orderly manner.
The oral test provides:
- the verification of the knowledge of the texts reported in the bibliography according to the specific indications provided by the Professor, the handouts and other teaching aids made available to the students,
- the presentation of a thesis related to Part C consisting of a power point presentation and a written text of five folders (bibliography excluded).
Unita' didattica A
L-ANT/01 - PREHISTORY AND EARLY HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-ANT/01 - PREHISTORY AND EARLY HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-ANT/01 - PREHISTORY AND EARLY HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
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