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Mesolithic Funerary Archaeology - ARC00081M

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

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

This module will investigate Mesolithic Funerary archaeology. It will examine the claim for the first cemeteries in Europe; consider the broad range of practices such as inhumation, secondary burial, cremation, and skull nests; and discuss the ways in which this evidence might provide insights into social relationships and belief systems.

Specifically the aims are:

  • To critically examine the evidence for burial practices in the Mesolithic and how these are interpreted

  • To develop research, analytical and presentational skills

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • Have a good understanding of the different ways in which the dead were treated in Mesolithic Europe
  • Be able to critically evaluate the evidence for the emergence of cemeteries
  • Have a good understanding of potential belief systems such as shamanism

Academic and graduate skills

  • have developed their writing skills through assessed essays

  • have presented their research through seminar presentations, both in groups and as individuals


Task Length % of module mark
3000 word essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
3000 word essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Timing of written and verbal feedback is published on our deadlines pages:

Formative assessment

Summative assessment

Indicative reading

Reading lists are published to the module web pages or VLE.

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