Later Prehistory

Module code: AR1553

This module deals with the prehistoric world explores the rise of metallurgy – the production of copper, bronze and iron objects – and how this changed the way people carried out trade and their connections across wide areas. This is the time when the first complex state societies emerged, and the first urbanised societies are evident in the archaeological record. You will review early states in Mesopotamia (now Iraq), the Indus (modern Pakistan and north-western India), China, and Egypt, along with later prehistory in the Americas and south-east Asia.


This module is studied by Distance Learning. Teaching materials will include a module workbook and set readings, some of which may be delivered through Blackboard.


  • Illustrated object/site biography (40%)
  • Essay, 2,000 words (60%)