This module aims to provide an exciting, fresh new approach to Mesolithic studies, in that it will investigate how people may have lived their everyday lives. This is in contrast to some other approaches which focus on environment or lithics and forget about the people! We will start with an introduction to the history of the discipline and discuss why the Mesolithic is an interesting period to study. We then move on to examining evidence for structures; looking at climate and environmental change; considering landscape approaches; studying ways in which people hunted, gathered and fished; how this relates to diet and consumption practices; the sorts of artefacts people made and used; art and amulets that have been found (including the Star Carr pendant); and finally violence within and between groups, and health. The module draws upon some of the most up to date research including recent excavations at Star Carr.
Upon completion of this module students should: