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Early prehistory


Compulsory attendance


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.

Ects distribution

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 10 hours of lectures;

  • 300 pages of literature;

  • 5 assignments in BlackBoard.


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

Mode of instruction

Lectures with discussion.

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 sufficient, you can earn 0.5 bonus point.
    You can only do retakes of failed parts of the exam (a pass remains and cannot be retaken).

Assessment deadline

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

Reading list

To be announced on BlackBoard.


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.

Contact information

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


This course will be taught in Dutch, except in case of non-Dutch speaking participants. The course will then be taught in English.