ANTHRO 1038 - Game of Stones: The Archaeology of Europe from Handaxes to Stonehenge

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Prof. Amy Clark
Mon. and Weds. 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Peabody 561

Game of Stones: The Archaeology of Europe from Handaxes to Stonehenge Buried beneath modern cities, Roman amphitheaters, and Medieval churches lie subtle traces of Europes earlier occupants: campsites littered stone tools and animal bones, human bodies preserved in bogs and frozen in ice, and cave walls decorated with extinct animals.

This course will explore European prehistory from the first settlement of Europe by Homo erectus, around a million years ago, to the building of Stonehenge, c. 2000 B.C. We will cover some of those most exciting topics in archaeology today: How similar were Neanderthals to us and why did they go extinct? When and why did groups subsisting on hunting and gathering take up farming? And finally, for what purpose were large stone monuments such as Stonehenge and Newgrange built?