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Human Origins, Complexity and Civilisation - 10 credits (HS2100)

10 credits, Autumn semester

This course introduces students to world prehistory and to the fundamental questions of archaeological investigation, chiefly those that concern human biological, social and cultural evolution. Students study the relationship between humans and other primates, the timescale of human evolution, the emergence of ancient and modern humans, the development of settled populations, agriculture, and monumental architecture and the rise of palatial civilisations in the Mediterranean (including Greece and Egypt).

METHODS OF TEACHING: 10 weekly 1 hour lectures; 2 x 1 hour seminars.

METHODS OF ASSESSMENT: 1 hr examination (Autumn) (50%), an essay plan and essay portion (50%).