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Course description

The Master’s degree course ‘Cultural Heritage in the Near and Middle East, and in Africa’ offers a unique training opportunity for those wishing to specialise in both the study of history and the conservation of cultural heritage of western Asia and northern and eastern Africa. Our teaching methods are designed to give a solid theoretical and methodological grounding as well as practical experience and combine classes and seminars with thematic workshops and specialised hands-on practical training.

Taught modules are all characterised by strong interdisciplinarity and encompass the fields of archaeology, epigraphy, history, history of art, philology, and literary studies, paired with cultural anthropology and history of religions. Hands-on activities, implemented both in Italy and in the many countries where Sapienza’s prestigious archaeological missions are active, will provide students with skills in numerous areas of expertise (e.g. stratigraphic excavation, survey, conservation, the study of material culture, interpretation of historical sources, museum planning and developing, valorisation projects).

Graduates from the MA will develop specific knowledge and professional skills that are required for a successful career in national and international organisations that promote heritage enhancement projects in the area and will grant excellent foundation for those wishing to continue to further degree programmes.

Curriculum

Duration: 2 academic years full time

Students must complete 120 credits in total. 96 credits must be from MA taught modules and 24 credits are from the compulsory Dissertation.

First year 2021/2022
Academic discipline Code and module Credits Teacher(s)
ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL HISTORY – 12 cfu
L-OR/01 10598534 – HISTORY OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST 6 cfu Lucia Mori
L-OR/14 10598546 – HISTORY OF ANCIENT IRAN 6 cfu Carlo Giovanni Cereti
ORIENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY – 18 cfu
L-OR/05 10598537- NEAR EASTERN ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY 6 cfu Marta D’Andrea / Davide Nadali
L-OR/06 10598545 – PHOENICIAN PUNIC ARCHAEOLOGY 6 cfu Federica Spagnoli
L -OR/16 10598535 – ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANCIENT IRAN 6 cfu Giulio Maresca
SUPPLEMENTARY SUBJECTS – 12 cfu
2 modules (6 cfu each) to be selected from the following list:
L-OR/05 10595492 – NEAR EASTERN ARCHAEOLOGY 6 cfu Lorenzo Nigro
L-OR/05 10598547 – ARCHAEOLOGY OF EURASIA 6 cfu Marco Ramazzotti
L-OR/07 10598538 – SEMITIC PHILOLOGY 6 cfu Alessio Agostini
L-ANT/01 10598549 – PREHISTORY OF THE NEAR EAST 6 cfu Francesca Balossi Restelli
L-ANT/07 10598544 – ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE EASTERN ROMAN PROVINCES 6 cfu Emanuela Borgia
L-ANT/09 10598554 – ANCIENT TOPOGRAPHY: METHODS AND TECHNIQUES 6 cfu Laura Ebanista
L-ANT/10 10598551 – DIGITAL ARCHAEOLOGY 6 cfu Julian Bogdani
L-LIN/01 10598548 – HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS 6 cfu Claudia Ciancaglini
TRAINING INTERSHIPS (12 cfu)
AAF2123 TRAINING INTERNSHIP 1A 1 cfu
AAF2125 TRAINING INTERNSHIP 1B 1 cfu
AAF2126 TRAINING INTERNSHIP 1C 1 cfu
AAF2127 TRAINING INTERNSHIP 1D 1 cfu
AAF2128 TRAINING INTERNSHIP 1E 1 cfu
AAF2129 TRAINING INTERNSHIP 1F 1 cfu
AAF2130 TRAINING INTERNSHIP 2A 2 cfu
AAF2131 TRAINING INTERNSHIP 2B 2 cfu
AAF2132 TRAINING INTERNSHIP 2C 2 cfu
FIRST YEAR: 54 CREDITS  
Second year 2022/2023
Academic discipline Code and module Credits Teacher(s)
ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL HISTORY – 6 cfu
1 module (6 cfu) to be selected from the following list:
L-OR/03 10598583 – ASSYRIOLOGY – SUMERIAN CULTURE AND CIVILISATION 6 cfu Franco D’Agostino
L-OR/03 10598584 – ASSYRIOLOGY – AKKADIAN CULTURE AND CIVILISATION 6 cfu Lorenzo Verderame
L-OR/04 10598552 – HITTITOLOGY 6 cfu Rita Francia
ORIENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY – 6 cfu 
1 module (6 cfu) to be selected from the following list:
L-OR/02 10598938 – EGYPTIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 6 cfu Paola Buzi
L-OR/11 10598210 – ISLAMIC ARCHAEOLOGY 6 cfu Michelina Di Cesare
L-OR/14 10598553 – EPIGRAPHY OF ANCIENT IRAN 6 cfu Gianfilippo Terribili

ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES – 12 cfu

1 module (12 cfu, comprising 2 modules of 6 cfu each) to be selected from the following list:
L-FIL-LET/06 +
L-OR/07
10598858 – ANCIENT SEMITIC LANGUAGES AND TEXTUAL SOURCES Comprising:

– L-FIL-LET/06 (6 cfu) EARLY CHRISTIAN LITERATURE BETWEEN EAST AND WEST (Alberto Camplani)

– L-OR/07 (6 cfu) SEMITIC PHILOLOGY II (Alessio Agostini)

12 cfu Alberto Camplani
Alessio Agostini
L-OR/12 +
L-OR/15
10598947 – EARLY ISLAMIC LITERATURES

Comprising:

– L-OR/12 (6 cfu) ARABIC LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE (Arianna D’Ottone)

– L-OR/15 (6 cfu) PERSIAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE (Mario Casari)

12 cfu Arianna D’Ottone
Mario Casari
TECHNICAL AND SCIENTIFIC TRAINING – 6 cfu
1 module to be selected from the following list:
GEO/09 10589750 – GEOMATERIALS FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE 6 cfu Laura Medeghini
BIO/08 1052224 – THE BIOARCHAELOGY OF FOOD 6 cfu Mary Anne Tafuri
ELECTIVE MODULES – 12 cfu
Consisting of one (12 cfu) or two (6 cfu each) modules to be selected from all the courses available at Sapienza University
AAF1811 FINAL DISSERTATION – 24 cfu
SECOND YEAR: (INCLUDING THE FINAL DISSERTATION) 66 CREDITS

Academic Requirements:

Bachelor Degree (three-year or equivalent) with a background in archaeology, or, alternatively, in epigraphy, history of art, philology and cultural anthropology, Museology, Cultural Heritage Law.
Applicants should have a basic knowledge of archaeological sciences, history, languages, and ancient literatures of the Mediterranean and Western Asia territories, including Egypt and North and East Africa.

Graduates/Candidates must have acquired at least:
  • 84 CFU in History, archaeology, art history, philology and literature.

  • 6 CFU in hard sciences.

CFU is the Italian equivalent of ECTS (European Credit Transfer System ): 1 CFU = 30 hours of study. 1 CFU roughly corresponds to 7 teaching hours, therefore a standard semester course of 42 teaching hours corresponds to 6 CFU.

For International candidates holding degrees achieved in EU or non-EU countries, the correspondence between academic qualifications and the relative disciplines will be reconstructed by the Admission Committee when evaluating the university curriculum.

Admission is dependent upon possession of curricular requirements.

Minimum GPA: 70/100

Minimum English Language Requirements: Upper Intermediate (CEFR Level B2) The following test scores are accepted:

  • IELTS Academic 6.0 or higher

  • TOEFL IbT 80 or higher

  • Cambridge B2 First or higher

  • TOEIC Listening&Reading 720 or higher

Please note: the above requirements may be waived for students holding a degree from an accredited institution where English is the primary language of instruction. The Admission Committee will assess language proficiency of candidates not holding a suitable English language certificate through an interview.

How to apply

DEADLINE AND PROCEDURES

The online application procedure is availabe at https://www.uniroma1.it/en/admissions2022

For further information on deadlines and methods, please visit https://corsidilaurea.uniroma1.it/it/corso/2021/31177/home

TUITION FEES

For information on current tuition fees and future updates, please visit https://www.uniroma1.it/en/pagina/tuition-fees-and-grants.

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