COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Pile-Dwelling Period in the Southeastern Alpine Region


Programme:

Comparative Studies of Ideas and Cultures (3rd level)

Modul:
Millenia between the adriatic and the Danube

Course code: 15

Year of study: Brez letnika


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

During the fifth millennium BC, Neolithic people settled lakeshores in central Europe by creating a special type of a settlement known as pile dwellings. The first pile dwellers appeared in the Ljubljansko barje (Ger. das Laibacher Moor) in the second quarter of the fifth millennium BC. They introduced pottery, agriculture, and animal husbandry. The last documented pile dwelling in the area is dated to the first half of the second millennium BC. The basic aim of this course is to ensure the highest quality learning at the graduate level. Special attention is paid to research on the Neolithic and Eneolithic periods in Slovenia.

 

Prerequisites

At least a passive understanding of German, English, and Italian is recommended.

 

Content (Syllabus outline)

Students become acquainted with the main topics of Neolithic and Eneolithic research in central Slovenia. The central part of Slovenia was settled relatively late in the first half of the fifth millennium BC by the first farmers, potters, and probably prospectors for copper minerals. The area was then occupied in the fourth and third millennia BC. It is assumed there was no continuity of settlement. The periods of occupation were highly dependent on climatic conditions and other events. This course acquaints students with some aspects of the colonization of Slovenia and neighbouring lands. Special attention is paid to research on economic opportunities and activities in Neolithic and Eneolithic society. Students are introduced to research work in practice. Work with archaeological artefacts (pottery, copper objects, etc.) is planned.

  • The Neolithic and Eneolithic periods in central Slovenia:
  • History of research
  • Archaeological sources
  • Settlement pattern
  • Chronometry
  • Relative chronology
  • Absolute chronology
  • Comparative studies
  • Economic activities in the Neolithic and Eneolithic periods:
  • History of research
  • Archaeological sources
  • Wetland archaeology

 

Readings

  • Gaspari, A. ur. 2006. Zalog pri Verdu, tabor kamenodobnih lovcev na zahodnem robu Ljubljanskega barja. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC.
  • Velušček, A. ur. 2006. Resnikov prekop, najstarejša koliščarska naselbina na Ljubljanskem barju. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC.
  • Menotti, F. ur. 2004. Living on the lake in prehistroic Europe: 150 years of lake-dwelling research. London, New York. 
  • Velušček, A. ur. 2004. Hočevarica – eneolitsko kolišče na Ljubljanskem barju. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC.
  • Velušček, A. 2004. Past and present lake-dwelling studies in Slovenia: Ljubljansko barje (the Ljubljana Marsh). V: Menotti, F. ur. Living on the lake in prehistroic Europe: 150 years of lake–dwelling research. London, New York: 69-82.
  • Čufar, K. in A. Velušček 2002. Dendrokronološke raziskave kolišč na Ljubljanskem barju – stanje 2001. Arheološki vestnik 53, 59-67.
  • Velušček, A. 1999. Neolithic and Eneolithic Investigations in Slovenia. Arheološki vestnik 50, 59-79.
  • Korošec, P. in J. Korošec 1969. Najdbe s koliščarskih naselbin pri Igu na Ljubljanskem barju. Arheološki katalogi Slovenije 3. Ljubljana.

 

Assessment

Students have two obligations: a written paper and an oral exam based on the paper. A practicum is also required.

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