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AR2304 - From Stonehenge to the Colosseum: Archaeology of Europe

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

Through a grand tour of the most important prehistoric sites across Europe, this subject provides an overview of the major features of human prehistory of the European continent. From nomadic hunter-gatherer societies during the ice ages to the emergence of agriculture and complex societies, we will investigate the material evidence left behind by 40,000 generations of human occupation. This will include Stone Age and Metal Age technologies, art, ceramic traditions, monuments, burial rituals and the emergence of social complexity associated with population dynamics. We will discuss theories about the diffusion of ideas, migration and interaction. The subject will provide students with an opportunity to study a range of archaeological issues which shape the understanding, and misunderstanding, of the archaeological record worldwide.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate an understanding of the broad range of sources used in European archaeology;
  • acquire knowledge of the main archaeological sites and sequences of western Europe from the beginning of human occupation of the continent to the early Iron Age;
  • appraise the problems of identifying ethnicity in the archaeological record;
  • achieve the ability to evaluate the importance of European archaeology in the development of interpretive models in the discipline;
  • discuss the role that archaeological evidence plays in the construction of contemporary identities.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination - In class - (30%) - Individual
  • Participation > Class participation - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (35%) - Individual
  • One UNESCO site presentation, this includes engagement with site significance assessment. Internal to be oral presentation, external to be Research report - (25%) - Individual.
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coord/Lect: Dr Mirani Litster.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 13 hours online activity
  • 18 hours online Workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

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