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Special Topic: Death & Burial in Early European Prehistory - ARC00065H

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Aimee Little
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

The aim of this module is to:

Provide an introduction to burial practices in early prehistory, drawing upon key

European sites as case studies

Present current scientific and theoretical approaches being applied to the study of

burials from Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Europe

Examine changes in the treatment of the body through time and space

Investigate grave goods - their treatment and context - in relation to social identity and

belief systems (e.g. shamanism and animism)

Explore the landscape and architecture of death: from cave crevices to the

development of Europe’s first cemeteries

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to:

Demonstrate a broad and comparative knowledge of funerary practices throughout

early European prehistory

Grasp key theoretical and scientific approaches currently used to study skeletal

remains and grave assemblages

Critically evaluate various forms of mortuary behaviour and discuss these in relation to

belief systems and concepts of social identity

Recognise gaps and limitations in the archaeological record


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

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