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Research seminar: Palaeolithic technology


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

BA or BSc degree obtained, admission to the RMA-programme.


This research seminar addresses aspects of cultural adaptations of Palaeolithic hominins, using various case studies from ongoing multidisciplinary research of staff members (Soressi, Roebroeks, MacDonald and Verpoorte). The seminar has a strong focus on the Neandertal record, and includes discussions of lithic studies and the role of fire in the development of the hominin niche.

Course objectives

  • First-hand knowledge of Neandertal material culture;

  • Working knowledge of a wide range of approaches to the (mainly cultural) adaptations of Palaeolithic hominins, with a focus on the Middle Palaeolithic;

  • Learning to deal with conflicting data and interpretations in the context of scientific debates.

Ects distribution

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 14×2 hours of lectures, discussion meetings and practical exercises;

  • 560 pages of literature;

  • 2 papers presenting the results of case studies assigned to the candidate.


Course schedule details can be found in the RMA time schedule.

Mode of instruction

Lectures with practical exercises, discussion meetings, assignments, reading list.

Assessment method

  • Participation in discussions;

  • Presentations;

  • Assignments (research paper).

Assessment deadline

All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the examination schedule.

Reading list

The reading list will be published on Blackboard.


Register for this course via uSis.
Instructions for registration can be found in the uSis manual.

Contact information

For more information about this course, please contact prof. dr. J.W.M. Roebroeks.