ANTH3005 - Hunter-Gatherers Past, Present and Future

Term 1


Hunter-gatherers past present and future’ will cover the relevant literature on the study of contemporary hunter-gatherers aiming at understanding their evolutionary history and pre-history, their demography and demographic challenges to their existence that began with the invention of agriculture. The course will cover hunter-gatherer’s genetic, linguistic and behavioural affinities, population decrease, extinction and resilience. The course will also focus on hunter-gatherers adaptations in the past and present, exploring their behavioural, genetic, life history and cultural adaptations to the environment and to the current demographic pressures imposed by the growing neighbour populations. Furthermore, the course will discuss the usefulness of current hunter-gatherer models to explore past human evolution and will also focus on the political and conservation conflicts related to the current and future maintenance of hunter-gatherers’ lands and the process of cultural and biological loss happening to most hunter-gatherer populations due to external pressures.


aught by: Dr Andrea Migliano, Dr Jerome Lewis
Assessment: 2.5 hour unseen written exam (50%) + 2000 words essay (50%)
Student Contact Hours:
2 hour lecture + 1 hour tutorial per week
Prerequisites: ANTH7018: Human Behavioural Ecology
Option Type:
Biological Anthropology / Social Anthropology

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