A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide a grounding in chronological and territorial structure of the European Neolithic cultures, especially of Northern Italy, in their ideological and socio-economical systems, in their building and settlement handicrafts, as well as in their self-representation on a cultural and funerary basis.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course, students will be able to understand the historical-archaeological evolution of the European Neolithic cultures, especially of Northern Italy, in socio-economical and ideological terms, with special reference to funerary and cultic evidence.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Lessons will be held in presence in the second semester. They can also be followed on the Microsoft Teams platform both synchronously based on the timetable of the second 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): The Neolithic. From the nuclear area of the Fertile Crescent to Mediterranean and continental Europe. Chronological, cultural and socio-economic background;
Part B (20 hours, 3 cfu): The Neolithic of Northern Italy. Chronological and cultural overview.
Part C (20 hours, 3 cfu): Funerary and worship aspects of the Neolithic in Northern Italy.
Prerequisites for admission
Curiosity, willingness to work in groups and to 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 (, once the lessons related to the teaching units in question have been completed.

Part A
1. Robb J. 2007, The Early mediterranean Village. Agency, material culture, and social change in Neolithic italy, Cambridge University Press. (Volume in pdf uploaded on Ariel).
2. Schmidt K. 2011, Costruirono i primi templi. 7000 anni prima delle piramidi, Oltre Ed., Chiavari.

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 (individual articles available on the web).

Part C
1. Notes from the lectures, handouts, slides and in-depth articles provided by Professor.

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 (
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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