Search results - African Archaeology: From Caves to Capitals
London Road Campus
|Dates||Thu 4 Oct to Thu 6 Dec 2012|
Time of meeting: 7.00-9.00pm
Number of meetings: 10
|Application status||Course ended|
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OverviewA sweeping introduction to the archaeology of the African continent, from the emergence of humans to the beginning of the colonial period.
DescriptionThe archaeology of Africa is a rich and complex subject. It dissolves the myth of a ‘dark continent’ devoid of history, and reveals the diversity of the African experience. By exploring this largely unwritten past, we demonstrate Africa’s significant contribution to our human heritage, and better understand the challenges the continent faces in the 21st century.
From human origins to the rise of complex societies, African archaeology engages with a unique set of concepts and challenges through interdisciplinary methodologies including cultural anthropology, oral history and ethnography. We discover that, far from being isolated, Africa has long played an integral role in world cultural and economic systems.
This course offers a sweeping introduction to the archaeology of the African continent. Incorporating recent research, we primarily focus south of the Sahara to explore the development of African culture and societies from the emergence of modern humans to the beginnings of European colonisation.
Programme detailsWeek 1: Introducing Africa: An Archaeological Perspective Week 2: The Emergence of Humans Week 3: The Middle Stone Age Week 4: The Later Stone Age and the Archaeology of Hunter-Gatherers Week 5: The Development of Farming Week 6: Specialized Production and Processes of Urbanization Week 7: Complex Societies of West Africa Week 8: Complex Societies of East Africa Week 9: Complex Societies of Southern Africa Week 10: Archaeology of the Colonial Period Background reading: Phillipson, D: African Archaeology (Third Edition, 2005)
Dr Mark Anderson
Mark Anderson studied archaeology at Reading and Oxford universities before completing a doctorate at the University of Cape Town. He specialises in...more
Course aimsCourse aim:
This course aims to provide a broad introduction to the archaeology of the African continent south of the Sahara, incorporating the latest archaeological research. We illuminate this relatively little known and poorly understood field of study to nurture an appreciation for the important role Africa has played in the story of human civilisation.
1. To provide an overview of African prehistory and the archaeological record of the continent;
2. To demonstrate the unique role that archaeology can play in the discovery of African cultural heritage and achievement;
3. To nurture an appreciation for African heritage, and an awareness of the integral role Africa has played in world history.
Assessment methodsFormal assessment will involve two short written assignments of c. 500 words each. Each assignment will give learners an opportunity to demonstrate one or a combination of the specified learning outcomes, and will generate detailed feedback.
Informal assessment will occur during group discussions throughout the course.
Teaching methodsIllustrated seminars and set readings, with class discussion of concepts and case studies.
Teaching outcomesBy the end of this course, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of African prehistory and the archaeological record of the continent;
2. Identify some of the different peoples of Africa, and discuss how these identities are represented archaeologically;
3. Analyse and discuss some of the key theoretical and methodological issues in African archaeology.
- Programme Fee
- EU Fee: £145.00
- Non-EU Fee: £145.00