This is a graduate seminar in European archaeology, spanning prehistory and the early historical period in Europe (Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzgovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia-Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia). The purpose of the course is to critically examine a number of themes and topics (e.g. subsistence adaptations, island settlement, trade, metallurgy and other technologies, rise of complex societies, early states, writing, religion and mortuary practices, women in ancient society), emphasizing the similarities and differences within areas of Europe. In addition to common readings and discussion on the entire region, students will choose a particular geographic area to focus their individual readings and study.
Graduate standing in anthropology, history or related discipline, or consent of the instructor. A working knowledge of archaeology and archaeological methods is expected (e.g. from ANT 3101); prior coursework, reading or experience in European history or archaeology is also useful.
For undergraduates, grades will be based on two one-hour exams (25%, 30%), an in-class report on a selected topic (10%), a research paper of 3500-4500 words (30%), and class participation (5%). For graduate students, grades will be based on two one-hour exams (20% each), a research paper (35%), two class presentations (10% each), and class participation (5%). Course letter grades will be based on a curved standardized score with “A” awarded for 94-100 (there is no “A+”); “A-” for 90-93; “B+” for 87-89; “B” for 84-86; “B-” for 80-83; “C+” for 77-79, “C” for 74-77; “C-” for 70-73; “D+” for 68-69; “D” for 66-67; and “D-” for 65. There will be NO make-up exams except in fully documented serious circumstances. A make-up exam must be taken within one week of the missed exam, and will consist of all essay questions. Students are expected to complete the readings prior to each class and to individually contribute to discussion.
Required Text: Cunliffe, B. (ed.). 2001 (1994). The Oxford Illustrated History of Prehistoric Europe. Oxford.
Recommended: Gamble, C. 1999. The Paleolithic Societies of Europe. Cambridge.
Whittle, A. 1996. Europe in the Neolithic. Cambridge.
Harding, A.F. 2000. European Societies in the Bronze Age. Cambridge.
Collis, J. 1997. The European Iron Age. Routledge.
Also required: articles as assigned (see schedule attached). A complete set of the readings will be placed on reserve in the library but you may wish to consult the color originals in National Geographic, Archaeology, etc.
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European Prehistory syllabus
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