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Prehistory to the Present - ARC00001C

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Don Henson
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19

Module aims

The main aims of the module are:

  • To give students a basic understanding of the major chronological phases of the human past, from early prehistory through to the modern and industrial periods.
  • To introduce students to key archaeological discoveries from each period, and relate these findings to overarching cultural and social contexts.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • a basic understanding of the major chronological phases of world archaeology, from early prehistory through to the modern and industrial periods
  • an awareness of the types of evidence archaeologists study, and the processes we can infer from that material
  • a greater appreciation of the depth of chronology and the breadth of evidence that exists in the archaeological record.

Module content

This module gives us an introduction to some of the main chronological phases in the study of archaeology.

Different members of staff will introduce you to the key types of archaeological evidence and the main environmental, cultural, economic and social processes that operate in each period.


Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Prehistory to the Present
1.5 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
1500 word essay
N/A 100

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