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Palaeolithic archaeology


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

Propedeuse Archaeology (1st year) obtained.


Palaeolithic archaeology studies the evolution of human behaviour and human culture. In this course, the 4 ‘big steps’ will be discussed:
1) the earliest archaeological sites in Africa (earliest stone tools);
2) the earliest occupation of Europe (‘Out of Africa’ I);
3) Neandertals in Europe;
4) the origin and evolution of Homo sapiens.
Participants will read and discuss recent scientific publications on topics such as lithic technology, hunting, ‘modern behaviour’ and burial practices.

Course objectives

  • Ability to describe the key topics, methods and theories in the study of the evolution of human behaviour;

  • Critical analysis of scientific debates, based on scientific publications.

Ects distribution

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 7×2 hours of lectures;

  • 280 pages of literature;

  • Assignments and essay.


Course schedule details can be found in the verdiepingscollege rooster (in-depth courses schedule).

Mode of instruction



Small weekly assignments, essays or presentations.

Assessment deadline

The essay deadline is 26 October 2012.

Reading list

To be announced during class.


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

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

Contractonderwijs: all information (costs, registration, entry requirements, etc.) for those who are interested in taking this course as a Contractstudent is on the Contractonderwijs Archeologie webpage (in Dutch).

Contact information

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