Being Human: Evolution and Prehistory

Module code: AR2555

This module covers the evolutionary journey to becoming human over the last 50,000 years or so. You will be introduced the key lithic (stone tool) phases that archaeologists have identified for early humans and then goes on to evaluate our archaeological knowledge of Neanderthals. This is followed by settlement and subsistence right through the last Ice Age up to the beginnings of agriculture. It builds on some of the themes from Early Prehistory (level 1) and expands them.


This module is studied by distance learning. This can include resource-based learning; directed reading; self-assessed exercises, independent research; assignment feedback; academic support from tutors; electronic discussion groups; peer-group support and interaction.


  • Literature critique, 1,500 words (30%)
  • Essay, 3,000 words (70%)