COURSE DESCRIPTION

Archaeological Analyses of Iron Age Non-Ceramic Finds


Programme:

Comparative Studies of Ideas and Cultures (3rd level)

Modul:
Millenia between the adriatic and the Danube

Course code: 13

Year of study: Without


Course principal:
Assoc. Prof. Anton Velušček, Ph.D.

ECTS: 6

Workload: lectures 60 hours, seminar 30 hours

Course type: general elective

Languages: Slovene

Learning and teaching methods: lectures, discussions classes

Objectives and competences

Non-ceramic finds represent a very important part of the small finds at Iron Age sites, such as settlements, cult places, cemeteries, hoards, or water sites. Knowing about and studying these is crucial for chronological and cultural determination of the site, to assess economic and handcraft activities, settlement changes, clothing, military techniques, trade, burial customs, cult practices, and so on. Non-ceramic finds comprise objects made of non-precious and precious metals or alloys, glass, amber, bone, wood, and so on. Based on their function, they can be classified into numerous groups. A special group is objects imported from the Mediterranean world. The aim of this course is thorough acquaintance with the types of non-ceramic finds and research methods, as well as using their evidence to reconstruct historical development.

 

Prerequisites

None required.

 

Content (Syllabus outline)

  • Research methods on non-ceramic Archaeological finds:
  • Archaeological sources, typology, chronology, distribution, function
  • Metal finds:
  • Weaponry
  • Clothing accessories
  • Tools
  • Equipment
  • Harnesses
  • Carts
  • Vessels
  • Non-ceramic and imported finds:
  • Glass and amber finds
  • Bone finds
  • Wooden finds
  • Imported finds
  • Evidence of non-ceramic finds for reconstructing historical development

 

Readings

The Hallstatt period

  • Egg, M. 1986. Italische Helme. Studien zu den ältereisenzeitlichen Helmen Italiens und der Alpen. Mainz.
  • Egg, M. 1996. Das hallstattzeitliche Fürstengrab von Strettweg bei Judenburg in der Obersteiermark. Mainz.
  • Gabrovec, S. 1987. Jugoistočnoalpska regija sa zapadnom Panonijom. Dolenjska grupa, Svetolucijska grupa, Notranjska grupa in Ljubljanska grupa. V: Praistorija jugoslavenskih zemalja 5, Željezno doba, Sarajevo: 29-181.
  • Gabrovec, S. 1999. 50 Jahre Archäologie der älteren Eisenzeit in Slowenien. Arheološki vestnik 50: 145-188.
  • Glasperlen der vorrömischen Eisenzeit 1, 1983 – 4, 1995. Mainz, Espelkamp.
  • Guštin, M. 1979. Notranjska. K začetkom železne dobe na severnem Jadranu. Ljubljana.
  • Guštin, M. in A. Preložnik 2005. Sajevce. Arheološki vestnik 56: 113-168.
  • Hochdorf 1, 1985 – 6, 2006. Stuttgart.
  • Lucke, W. in O.-H. Frey 1962. Die Situla in Providence (Rhode Island). Ein Beitrag zur Situlenkunst des Osthallstattkreises. Berlin.
  • Marzatico, F. in P. Gleirscher ur. 2004. Guerrieri, principi ed eroi fra il Danubio e il Po dalla Preistoria all’Alto Medioevo. Trento.
  • Ogrin, M. 1998. Trortasta fibula v Sloveniji. Arheološki vestnik 49: 101-132.
  • Parzinger, H. 1988. Chronologie der Späthallstatt- und Frühlatène-Zeit. Studien zu Fundgruppen zwischen Mosel und Save. Weinheim.
  • Pettarin, S. 2006. Le necropoli di San Pietro al Natisone e Dernazzacco. Roma.
  • Prähistorische Bronzefunde, Abt. I-XX. München, Stuttgart.
  • Svoljšak, D. in A. Pogačnik 2001-2002. Tolmin, prazgodovinsko grobišče 1-2. Ljubljana.
  • Tecco Hvala, S., J. Dular in E. Kocuvan 2004. Železnodobne gomile na Magdalenski gori. Ljubljana.
  • Teržan, B. 1976. Certoška fibula. Arheološki vestnik 27: 317-536.
  • Teržan, B. 1990. Starejša železna doba na Slovenskem Štajerskem. Ljubljana.
  • Tomedi, G. 2004. Das hallstattzeitliche Gräberfeld von Frög. Budapest.
  • Trachsel, M. 2004. Untersuchungen zur relativen und absoluten Chronologie der Hallstattzeit. Bonn.

The La Tène period

  • Božič, D. 1999. Die Erforschung der Latènezeit in Slowenien seit Jahr 1964. Arheološki vestnik 50: 189-213.
  • Božič, D. in M. Feugère 2004. Les instruments de l’écriture. Gallia 61: 21-41.
  • Brunaux, J.-L. in A. Rapin 1988. Gournay 2, Boucliers et lances. Dépôts et trophées. Paris.
  • Déchelette, J. 1927. Manuel d’archéologie préhistorique, celtique et gallo-romaine 4, Second âge du fer ou époque de La Tène. Paris.
  • Demetz, S. 1999. Fibeln der Spätlatène- und frühen römischen Kaiserzeit in den Alpenländern. Rahden/Westf.
  • Endert, D. van 1991. Die Bronzefunde aus dem Oppidum von Manching. Stuttgart.
  • Feugère, M. 1994. Les casques antiques. Paris.
  • Feugère, M. in C. Rolley ur. 1991. La vaisselle tardo-républicaine en bronze. Dijon.
  • Gebhard, R. 1989. Der Glasschmuck aus dem Oppidum von Manching. Stuttgart.
  • Gebhard, R. 1991. Die Fibeln aus dem Oppidum von Manching. Stuttgart.
  • Gostenčnik, K. 2005. Die Beinfunde vom Magdalensberg. Klagenfurt.
  • Guštin, M. 1991. Posočje. Posočje in der jüngeren Eisenzeit. Ljubljana.
  • Jacobi, G. 1974. Werkzeug und Gerät aus dem Oppidum von Manching. Wiesbaden.
  • Lejars, Th. 1994. Gournay 3, Les fourreaux d’épée. Paris.
  • Schönfelder, M. 2002. Das spätkeltische Wagengrab von Boé (Dép. Lot-et-Garonne). Mainz.

 

Assessment

Active participation in lectures and discussion classes, preparation of a term project, and an exam. Assessment: 

  • The ability to analytically understand individual problems, ability to select a bibliography, ability to exercise analytical and critical thinking, ability to form an argument, and a high level of written language will be demonstrated in the term project. 
  • The oral exam assesses what students have learned through lectures, through reading and analysing the literature, and their ability to understand and present the issues covered.

MODULE GENERAL ELECTIVE COURSES

Archaeological Analyses of Iron Age Non-Ceramic Finds ǀ

Assoc. Prof. Anton Velušček, Ph.D.,

ECTS: 6

Archaeology of Early Medieval Period ǀ

Assist. Prof. Benjamin Štular, Ph.D.,

ECTS: 6

From Small Archaeological Objects to History ǀ

Assoc. Prof. Janka Istenič, Ph.D.,

ECTS: 6

Interdisciplinary Research of Archaeological Sites ǀ

Assoc. Prof. Anton Velušček, Ph.D.,

ECTS: 6

Roman Towns between the Adriatic and the Danube River ǀ

Assoc. Prof. Jana Horvat, Ph. D.,

ECTS: 6

Romanization ǀ

Assoc. Prof. Jana Horvat, Ph. D.,

ECTS: 6

The Neolithic and Eneolithic Periods in the Northern Adriatic ǀ

Assoc. Prof. Anton Velušček, Ph.D.,

ECTS: 6

The Pile-Dwelling Period in the Southeastern Alpine Region ǀ

Assoc. Prof. Anton Velušček, Ph.D.,

ECTS: 6

Tool Hoards of the La Tène and Roman Periods ǀ

Assoc. Prof. Jana Horvat, Ph. D.,

ECTS: 6