Institute of Archaeology

First for Archaeology in UK 2015

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Course description


The course will both provide a broad outline of the material culture and archaeology of the Bronze and Iron Ages of Europe north of the Alps (2nd and 1st millennia BC). It will focus on explanatory frameworks for understanding the structure, and changes in, the form and nature of later prehistoric European societies. It will particularly consider current debates concerning the sequence and processes of change that led from the establishment of distinct social hierarchies during the 2nd millennium BC to the appearance of 'urban' sites at the end of the first millennium BC. Topics will include: Bronze Age elites in Central Europe, Western Europe and southern Britain; Late Bronze Age urnfield traditions and the wholesale uptake of cremation rites; metal techno-complexes; Hallstatt and La Tène communities and their contacts with the Mediterranean world; the ‘Celtic phenomenon’, including ‘Celtic art’; and urbanism in the Late Iron Age.

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