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Deep History


Admission requirements

World Archaeology 1 obtained.


In this course we will focus on 3 major transformations in the history of modern humans.
Firstly, the spread of Homo Sapiens across the globe. Secondly, the development and the adoption of agriculture in different regions. Thirdly, the emergence of monuments and the creation of monumental landscapes.

After a general introduction, we will highlight these 3 developments with examples from across the world.
In this course we will discuss conceptual frameworks and theories, and present a number of important datasets through a series of case studies.
The timeframe of the course extends from ca. 100,000 BP until roughly 5,000 BP.

Course set-up

In the morning the topic is introduced by the lecturer of the day. Subsequently you study course materials/handbooks. During the lectures the assignments will be discussed.

Course objectives

  • Obtain knowledge of 3 major transformations in the archaeological record;

  • Gain insight into the spread of Homo Sapiens across the world;

  • Gain insight into the development and spread of agriculture;

  • Gain insight into the emergence of monumentality;

  • Ability to critically analyse relevant archaeological theories on these 3 developments;

  • Enhance skills in academic writing and creating an annotated bibliography;

  • Enhance skills in peer-to-peer review and feedback.


Course schedule details can be found in MyTimetable.
Log in with your ULCN account, and add this course using the 'Add timetable' button.

Mode of instruction

  • Weekly lectures;

  • Assignments.

Course load

  • 14 hours of lectures;

  • 500 pages of literature;

  • Short assignments.

Assessment method

  • 6 assignments (one in each week, to be handed in through Brightspace) (10% each);

  • Final exam (40%).

All parts of the course can be retaken. Grades cannot be compensated within the course (minimum of 5.0).

Assessment deadlines

All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in MyTimetable.
Log in with your ULCN account, and add this course using the 'Add timetable' button. To view the assessment deadline(s), make sure to select the course with a code ending in T and/or R.

Deadlines for assignments are included in the syllabus.

Reading list

Per meeting there will be 1 or 2 papers to read. The reading list will be distributed 2 weeks prior to the start of the class. Make sure you are enrolled in this course (and therefore in Brightspace) in time.


Registration in uSis is mandatory. You can register for this course until 5 days before the first class.

Registration in uSis automatically leads to enrollment in the corresponding Brightspace module. Therefore you do not need to enroll in Brightspace, but make sure to register for this course in uSis.

You are required to register for all lectures and tutorials well in time. The Administration Office registers all students for their exams, you are not required to do this in uSis.


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