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Palaeolithic technology


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

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


This course gives an introduction to the technology and typology of the Palaeolithic, and to various methods of technological and functional analysis of lithic assemblages. This course will also introduce studies of the spatial patterning of Middle Palaeolithic sites. Students will work with lithics from some Lower and Middle Palaeolithic key sites, e.g. Maastricht-Belvedere (MIS7) and Neumark-Nord 2 (MIS5).

Course objectives

  • Working knowledge of lithic technology, with a focus on the Middle Palaeolithic;

  • Basic skills required to analyse and present overview of lithic assemblages.

Ects distribution

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 7×2 hours of lectures;

  • 280 pages of literature;

  • Paper.


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

Mode of instruction

Lectures with practical excercises, assignments, reading list.

Assessment method

Technological assignment (research paper). Deadline for submission: 1 month after final course meeting.

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 dhr E.A.L. Pop.