The Archaeology of Ancient Israel and the Near East - 2015

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2015: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay - 2000 words (50%) , Paper 1 - Tutorial Paper 1 750 words (25%) - Learn more

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2015 Fees
Domestic 769.00
HECS 769.00
International 1,019.00

This unit provides an introduction to the history and archaeology of Ancient Israel and the Near East through the archaeological record. It explores the fascinating history of the region including the earliest human settlement, the beginning of agriculture, the rise of Bronze Age states, the emergence of Israelite kingdoms, the Philistines, and down to the Roman Period. It teaches about regional relationships with the Egyptians, Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians and Greeks; how empires rose and fell; and the emergence of Judaism and Christianity. The focus is on how excavation of ancient sites and analysis of artefacts can help inform our knowledge of the past. The unit gives a broad platform of knowledge for more specialised study, with opportunities for future participation in excavations in Israel.

At the completion of this unit students will have:

  1. knowledge of the archaeological periodization of the ancient Near East and aspects of the cultures studied in this unit
  2. identified methodological developments in the archaeology of the Near East
  3. analysed source material, including the archaeological record, ancient sources, and modern scholarship
  4. the capacity for independent thought and judgment
  5. advanced communications skills, including the ability to present sustained, cogent and persuasive arguments
  6. the ability to absorb the intellectual and imaginative concepts of others, and to communicate the resultant synthesis
  7. the ability to work cooperatively with others through the presentation of ideas and negotiation of solutions, and to respect others' reasoned views
  8. the ability to understand, interrogate and apply a variety of theoretical positions and weigh the importance of alternative perspectives
  • Essay — 2000 words (50%)
  • Paper 1 — Tutorial Paper 1 750 words (25%)
  • Paper 2 — Tutorial Paper 2 750 words (25%)

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Historical Geography
2The Neolithic and Chalcolithic
3The Early Bronze Age
4The Middle Bronze Age
5The Late Bronze Age
6The Iron Age I
7The Iron Age IIA
8The Iron Age IIB
9The Iron Age IIC
10The Neo-Babylonian and Persian Periods
11The Hellenistic and Hasmonean Periods
12Herod and Rome
13The First Jewish Revolt

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Near Eastern Archaeology: A Reader. Winona Lake:Eisenbrauns, 2003

    By:Richard, Suzanne (ed).

    ISBN: -


    Supplier:Go to Unibooks

  • Near Eastern Archaeology

    By:Richard Suzanne

    ISBN: -


    Supplier:Go to Unibooks

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