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ANT 174: European Prehistory

This course is open to all students interested in the archaeology of Europe. We will take a chronological approach to explore major trends in the migrations, innovations, and adaptations, moving from the first peopling to the origins of complexity.
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ANT 3 recommended but not required – all are welcome!


Spring 2021


This course provides an introduction to and survey of the prehistory of Europe. We will begin with its earliest human inhabitants and move to the Neandertals and their replacement by incoming modern humans. Next we will explore Last Glacial Maximum adaptations and the changes that occurred with subsequent warming. Finally, we will consider the earliest agricultural and complex societies. Focus is on the analysis and interpretations of the archaeological record and understanding the multiple human dispersals into Europe.