The archaeology of Neanderthals and their ancestors
In this course an overview of the Lower, Middle and Upper Pleistocene archaeology in Eurasia will be provided.
The module will start with the first dispersal across Eurasia from Africa, discussing the earliest archaeological sites in Asia and Europe. Then the European Lower Palaeolithic sequence will be reviewed, as well as the major sites in Asia. Subsistence and technological patterns during the Middle Pleistocene will be assessed, and the main characteristics of Neanderthals. Finally, theories of modern human origins and the extinction of Neanderthals will be discussed.