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This programme examines hunter gatherer societies and spans the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods. It will consier on the evolution of human cognitive abilities from an individual perspective and situates this within a social perspective of developing societies drawing on primate groups and archaeological examples from the Lower to the Middle Palaeolithic. It will also look at hunter gatherer ethnographies and consider Mesolithic lifeways.
In each of the Autumn and Spring terms each taught masters student will:
(i) take a 20-credit 'signature' module for his/her masters programme.
(ii) choose a 20-credit 'supplementary' module
(iii) take two 5-credit 'research skills' module.
After Easter, students give an assessed lecture to their peers on a topic of their choice, after which they embark on a dissertation, again on a subject of their choice, supervised by a member of staff over the Summer.
Over the autumn and spring terms you will take:
* two core 20 credit modules
* two option 20 credit modules
* four 5 credit skills modules
In the summer you will carry out research for your dissertation and give an Assessed Lecture on your dissertation topic.
Core modules * Becoming human: evolving minds and societies
* Hunting and gathering societies
Recommended option modules * Bones: matters of life and death
* The archaeology of human bones
* Concepts of landscape
* Mesolithic theory and interpretation
* Coastal landscapes
* Analysis and visualisation
* Ancient biomolecules
* Bones: from data to interpretation
* Themes in the historic landscape
Recommended skills modules * Narrating our pasts
* Zooarchaeology: anatomy & identification
* Database design and implementation
* Zooarchaeology: exploring the assemblage
* Human bone 2
Whilst we endeavour to give everyone their first choice on modules, please note that this cannot always be guaranteed. Please be aware that certain skills modules are required by particular programmes, and so may be more over-subscribed than others.