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Archaeology of Early Human Origins

The course will provide a detailed account of the Palaeolithic archaeological record associated with the evolution pre-modern humans in Africa and Eurasia. The course will cover the subject through exploration of the history of Palaeolithic archaeology, as well as the technological, taphonomic and theoretical frameworks necessary to a critical understanding of the archaeological record of human evolution.

This course aims to provide students with:

Learning Aims

  • A detailed account of the early human archaeological record.
  • The ability to be able to review and critically appraise a wide range of primary and secondary sources and data relating to early human behavior.
  • To examine the methodological and analytical tools and theoretical models which have been used in reconstructing the human evolutionary past from the archaeological record.

Learning Outcomes

  • A detailed knowledge of human behavioral evolution.
  • A critical ability to interpret the archaeological record of human evolution through analysis and discussion of context, behaviour and technology.
  • Expansion of written and oral skills in communicating complex ideas and data-sets derived from a range of academic disciplines.
  • Ability to critically evaluate evidence and arguments regarding issues in Palaeolithic archaeology.

Teaching Methods

  • This course will be delivered through formal taught lectures and related seminars.
  • The latter will comprise discussion, student presentations and handling sessions.
  • The course will be supported by on-line materials including presentation files, electronic reading lists and digital sites profiles

Course information

  • Code: ARCLG271
  • Credits: 15
  • Coordinator: Matt Pope
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Handbook: open»

For registered students


  • Running in 2016-17

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