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Western Europe in the Neolithic - 20 credits (HST410)

This module covers the period from c.5000-2500 BC. Geographically it ranges from the Rhine to Brittany, and from central-western France to southern Scandinavia. Its main themes are transitions and the development of settlement, and especially the emergence and significance of monuments, and the kinds of society to which they may have belonged. Western Europe in the Neolithic is taught in the spring semester through small group discussion and tutorials. Assessment is by one extended essay (4000 words). Major topics studied: the western LBK and after; transitions; area case studies (Brittany, the Netherlands and southern Scandinavia); dispersed settlement; the emergence and character of monuments; material exchanges; models of social change: community and individual.