Early Prehistory

Module code: AR1552

Module co-ordinator: Dr Terry Hopkinson

Prehistory – the study of humans before the widespread use of the written word – is generally broken down into early and later prehistory. Early prehistory covers the development of modern humans by looking at the latest finds and methods in human evolution. This includes the application of DNA analysis and the study of the bones of human ancestors. You will explore the ways in which hunter-gatherer groups lived, bearing in mind that hunting and gathering were the ways in which people obtained food for many thousands of years – far longer than being settled farmers. This then leads on to the emergence and spread of farming, which is possibly one of the most important developments in prehistory.


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.


Essay, 3,000 words (100%)