ARCHSTN025 Selected chapters from European and non-European prehistory

Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Summer 2024
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
doc. PhDr. Vratislav Janák, CSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Vratislav Janák, CSc.
Institute of Archaeology – Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
For undergraduate students
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to demonstrate to the audience the diversity of prehistoric times through several more or less attractive examples as a legitimate period of human civilization and at the same time demonstrate the binding nature of historical ones on some of these examples regularity together with their sometimes general validity, but more often limited to varying degrees in space and time.
Learning outcomes
Basic orientation in the given topic.
  • 1. Prehistory of the world as a manifestation of historical regularities. 2. Anthropogenesis. 3. Cave and rock art as a "long-lasting" phenomenon. 4. The emergence of the Neolithic in the Far East, the Far East and America. 5. Lengyel rondels and sacral circular architecture. 6. The cemetery in Varna and the beginnings of social differentiation in the Eneolithic. 7. The beginnings of mining in Eneolithic Europe. 8. Additional graves as a "long-lasting" phenomenon. 9. Megalithism as a phenomenon of "long duration". 10. The beginnings of the settlement of the Pacific. 11. The beginnings of the settlement of the American continent. 12. Nomads of the Eurasian steppes. 13. The gold of Eldorado and the fall of the Inca Empire.
    required literature
  • Buchvaldek, M. – Lippert, A. – Košnar, L. (eds.): Archeologický atlas pravěké Evropy 1, 2. Praha 2007.
  • Pečírka, J. (ed.): Dějny pravěku a starověku. I, II. Praha 1979. (vybrané pasáže)
  • Kolektiv: Přehled pravěku světa (skripta Filozofické fakulty Univerzity Karlovy). 1. svazek Praha 1976, 2. svazek Praha 1977.
    recommended literature
  • Fol, A. – Lichardus, J. (red.): Macht, Herrschaft und Gold. Das Gräberfeld von Varna (Bulgarien) und Anfänge einer neuen europäischen Zivilisation. Saarbrücken 1988.
  • Hänsel, B. – Machnik, J. (eds.): Das Karpatenbecken und die osteuropäische Steppe. München 1998.
  • Bahn,P. G.: Příběh archeologie. Sto velkých objevů. Praha 1997.
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
Credit, a written test
Language of instruction
The course is also listed under the following terms Summer 2023.
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