This module introduces students to the developments and changes in pre-modern human (hominin) and modern human societies, from our evolutionary split with the ancestor of modern chimpanzees between 6–7 million years ago, to the appearance of the first farming communities and the earliest civilizations over the last 10,000 years. Evidence and case studies are drawn from across the world. Team-taught lectures introduce the key periods, themes, and issues, while artefact- and fossil-handling and evidence-based seminars promote understanding of aspects of early prehistoric material culture and technology, and hominin evolution. The module is assessed through coursework (one essay and one short assignment) and a summer examination.

Term(s) offered: Autumn/Summer term module; 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Credit: 3.0
General Education: [None]