Course: Bronze Age and the Age of Hallstatt

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Course title Bronze Age and the Age of Hallstatt
Course code KHI/DBAH
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Peška Jaroslav, doc. PhDr. PhD.
  • Golec Martin, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Lectures: 1. and 2. Early and Middle Bronze Age. The advent of epicorded ware - Carpathian cultural complex, the birth of civilization of early bronz Unetice Culture (proto-untice culture). Mutual co-existence and interaction, cadastral area of findings, the image of the settlement, the structure of settlements and burial grounds, issue of burial rite, see through material culture, internal and external periodization. The climax of the Bronze Age - Veterov group. The issue knoll and fortified settlements, circular fortification (roundels or rondeloids), the funeral rite. 3. and 4. The advent of tumulus grave cultures of Middle Bronze Age - central Danubian tumulus culture. Material merit - pottery, bronze industry, metal production, storaging of depots. Examples of Early and Middle Bronz settlement areas in Central Moravia. Central European chronological systems. Relative and absolute chronology. 5. and 6. Urnfield period and Hallstatt period. History of research. Periodization of Middle to Late Bronze Age and Hallstatt Age. The issue of relative and absolute chronology based on new radiocarbon dates 14C and a results of dendrochronology. Parallelization of Centraleuropean chronological systems. 7. and 8. Bohemian-Pfalz tumulus culture (Tumulus-Milave grade) and central danubian tumulus culture (Tumulus-Knovzz grade) in Bohemia.Tumulus-Velatice and Tumulus-Lusatian period in Moravia. Basic characteristics, expanding and material merit. Czech-Eastern Bavarian urnfields (Cultures of Knovíz , Milavec, Stitar, Nynice, Cheb group) in Bohemia and central-Danubian urfields (Velatice culture) in Moravia. Basic characteristics, extension, internal chronology and material content. Lusatian urnfields in the Czech Republic (Sachsen-Lausitzian, East-North Moravian, Slovakian-east Moravian groups).

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming)
  • Homework for Teaching - 12 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 36 hours per semester
  • Semestral Work - 50 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course is dedicated to the period of the bronze age and Hallstatt (C20 - C5 B.C.) in the territory of Czech Republic with regard to the surrounding regions. The papers will concern on the development of the archeological research of this period and on the current stage of the research. In the seminars, the students will be acknowledged with the typological-chronological clasification of the characteristic tangible objects. Moreover, there will be closely monitored the structure and variability of fund of findings of particullar cultures with taking notice into account of specificities of different cultural and geographic areas. The seminars are devoted to the study of literature and to the creation of essay on a selected topic. AD
Getting a detailed overview of the development and structure of settlement in the Bronze Age and Hallstatt in the Czech Republic, respectively even in its nearest area. Knowledge of archaeological material culture of those periods. Acquiring the formation of a professional text of selected topic. AD
The basic overview in the archeological cultures of Central Europe of the Bronze Age and Hallstatt. AD

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam, Seminar Work

Attendence in the lessons, preparation of presentation and seminary work on chosen topic. AD
Recommended literature
  • Furmánek, V. - Veliačik, L. - Vladár J. (1991). Slovensko v dobe bronzovej. Bratislava.
  • Jiráň, L. ed. a kol. (2008). Archeologie pravěkých Čech /5. Doba bronzová.. Praha.
  • Podborský, V. a kol. (1993). Pravěké dějiny Moravy. Vlastivěda moravská.. Brno.
  • Venclová, N. ed. (2008). Archeologie pravěkých Čech /7. Doba halštatská.. Praha.

Study plans that include the course
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