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Special Topic: The Archaeology of Africa - ARC00070H

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Stephanie Wynne-Jones
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module summary

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

The aims of the course are:

  • To cover current debates within African archaeology, inspired by the most recent research. These disciplinary arguments show how archaeologists actively engage in the construction of a nuanced and rich prehistory of the people that lived on the African continent.

  • To explore the unique methodologies that African archaeology employs, bringing together data from ecological reconstructions, material culture, oral traditions, historical linguistics and historical documents.

  • To challenge popularly-received wisdom about the precolonial African past, an image born of the colonial period itself, and one used to legitimize and construct those hegemonies.

Module learning outcomes

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

  • demonstrate a broad and comparative knowledge of the archaeology of Africa, from the stone age to the present day

  • critically discuss and assess the key theories, methods and debates, and their limitations

  • critically evaluate primary data and evidence

  • communicate an in-depth, logical and structured argument, supported by archaeological evidence


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

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