Chronological Systems of the Late La Tène Period from the Iberian Peninsula to the Lower Danube
Comparative Studies of Ideas and Cultures (3rd level)Modul:
Course code: 16
Year of study: Without
Workload: lectures 60 hours, seminar 30 hours
Course type: general elective
Learning and teaching methods: lectures, discussions classes
Objectives and competences
One of the main conditions for recognizing the historical development of prehistoric communities (characterized by romanization in the Late La Tène period) is adequate age determination of finds and sites, made possible by various chronological systems. The actual state of research in this research field involves several different systems. These are not compatible and are often constructed on false suppositions; in some points they are demonstrably wrong. This course provides a thorough and critical familiarity with the existing chronological systems of the Late La Tène period from the Iberian Peninsula, across southern France, northern Italy, and the south-eastern Alpine region, to the Lower Danube, and presents the archaeological sources available for carrying out relative and absolute chronologies along with a method of construction of new regional chronological systems as well as a supra-regional chronological system.
At least a passive understanding of German, English, Italian, and French is recommended.
Content (Syllabus outline)
Adequate chronological systems are indispensable for relative and absolute determination of closed-find complexes (e.g., graves, hoards, settlement objects and closed complexes, and wells) and archaeological material that cannot be closely dated based on its find environment (e.g., water finds, metal detector finds from settlements, and finds from unpreserved grave groups). The existing chronological systems differ in the number of phases, their names, their content and absolute age. Special attention will be paid to presenting the archaeological sources available for creating relative chronological phases. To determine absolute chronology, rare dendrochronological data as well as some imported objects (e.g., Roman republican coins, pottery, silver and bronze vessels), archaeologically recognizable historical events (e.g., the capture of Alesia in France), and shipwrecks can be used. Imported objects (e.g., silver and bronze vessels) enable parallelization of the chronological systems of the Late La Tène period from the Iberian Peninsula to the Lower Danube.
- Chronological systems of the Late La Tène period:
- History of research
- Archaeological sources
- Relative chronology
- Absolute chronology
- Continuity and discontinuity
- Local, regional, and supra-regional chronological systems
- Regional chronological systems:
- Iberian Peninsula, southern France, northern Italy, south-eastern Alps, Croatian-Serbian Danube basin, Lower Danube
- Parallelization of regional chronological systems of the Late La Tène period
- Supra-regional chronological system
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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 engage in 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.