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Vroege prehistorie


Admission requirements



The course topic is the archaeology of hunters and gatherers in Northwestern Europe. We will discuss the earliest human occupation, the Neanderthals, hunter-gatherers at the end of the last Ice Age as well as the last hunters interacting with the first farmers. The course offers an overview of key sites and the core themes: subsistence, mobility and technology.

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of some important sites in North-Western Europe;

  • Knowledge of the chronostratigraphic framework of the Paleolithic and Mesolithic;

  • Knowledge of the main developments in early prehistory;

  • Knowledge of some central theories in the archaeology of hunters and gatherers;

  • Reading and commenting on a scientific paper.


Course schedule details can be found in the BA2 time schedule.

Mode of instruction

Lectures with discussion.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 12 hours of lectures;

  • 300 pages of literature;

  • 5 assignments in BlackBoard.

Assessment method

  • Written exam (50%);

  • Paper (50%).

No compensation, both need to be passed.
If all BlackBoard assignments are handed in and their quality is above sufficient, you can earn 0.5 bonus point. Handing in less than 5 assignments will lose you 1 point.
You can only do retakes of failed parts of the exam. If you have failed a retake of a part of the exam, passes already obtained for the other parts will be lost and you will have to do the whole exam next year.

Paper deadline: 16 October 2015, 17.00 hrs.
Paper retake deadline (new subject): 11 December 2015, 17.00 hrs.

All exam dates (exams, re-sits, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the examination schedule.

Reading list

To be announced on BlackBoard.


Registration for the course is not necessary, registration for the exam is mandatory. For instructions, see the Registration in uSis page.

Exchange and Study Abroad students: please see the Prospective students website for information on how to apply.


For more information about this course, please contact dr. A. Verpoorte.