European Prehistory (3) The prehistory of European societies from the Upper Palaeolithic to the Iron Age.
ANTH 223 European Prehistory (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
This class explores the archaeological record of human societies in Europe from the Upper Palaeolithic to the Iron Age, spanning a 40,000-year period. Many archaeological sites, such as Stonehenge, are widely known but often misunderstood or sensationalized. ANTH 223 will trace the history of humans in Europe and provide the cultural, chronological, and environmental contexts to understand these places on the landscape. The class explores the extinction of Neanderthals and Pleistocene animals, the origins of art, the transition to agriculture, the beginnings of metallurgy, and the rise of complex societies. Emphasis is placed on the evidence for subsistence and production, funerary rites, changes in settlement, production of art, symbolism, the role of technology, and emergence of social hierarchies. The course introduces students to archaeological and anthropological concepts by viewing cultural groups in ecological and social context, and highlighting the variability of human adaptations to shifting climates and natural and social environments. This course will fulfill basic BA and GenEd requirements (GS, IL). It may also be used to fulfill an ANTH, ARSCI, and BANTH additional ANTH course requirement.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.