The Archaeology of Prehistory

Module code: AR2032

Prehistory – the period spanning most of human existence, but with no written records. In this module we will explore this great expanse of human history during which ways of life underwent radical transformations; from the Paleolithic characterised by the earliest chipped stone tools, through the Neolithic marked by new farming and settled ways of life, to the Iron Age distinguished by the widespread adoption of metallurgy and social inequality.

We will learn how to critically evaluate evidence, and understand the interaction between archaeological data, method and theory.

Topics covered

  • Human evolution
  • Relationships between people and their environments
  • How people in prehistory constructed landscapes and places
  • Technology
  • Human-animal interactions

Learning

  • 14 hours of lectures
  • 8 hours of seminars
  • 128 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • 2 essays, each 1,750 words (100%)