Themes in the Prehistoric Landscape


Module leader: Kevin Walsh


This module moves on from the issues addressed during the autumn term, and considers some specific examples of prehistoric through to Roman period landscapes. The module consists of a mixture of lectures and seminars, and employs examples from across the Mediterranean and the UK (with students also encouraged to look for examples from across the world) in the assessment of of important themes in landscape archaeology, such as human environment interaction, ideas of marginality, and the nature of power and ideology in the landscape.



  • provide a detailed understanding of key themes within prehistoric landscape archaeology
  • engage with the analysis and interpretation of different activities within the cultural landscape and apply varied theoretical paradigms
  • encourage the critical review of published work on a wide variety of landscapes from all over the world

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module students should:
  • have achieved a critical review of interpretive and theoretical approaches to prehistoric landscapes within the UK and Europe
  • have gained an understanding how different landscapes have been manipulated over the last ten millennia
  • be able to understand a number of key themes through the exploration of varied landscape types

The cave art site at Faravel in the Ecrins, French Alps