Fall 2019 - ARCH 272W D100

Archaeology of the Old World (4)

Class Number: 7080

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Wed, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Catherine D'Andrea
    Office: EDB 9625
    Office Hours: TBA
  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 100 or 201



A survey of the major centres of Old World cultural development from the Palaeolithic to the Bronze Age. Basic concepts used in reconstructing prehistoric cultures, and the artifactual and contextual evidence for the development of culture. Writing/Breadth-Social Sci.


This course is a survey of the origin and development of ancient Old World cultures, emphasizing the contributions made by ancient peoples to the human experience. It will encompass cultural and environmental history from the Palaeolithic to the Bronze/Iron Ages. For each time period, a discussion of global-scale cultural and environmental developments will be presented, followed by a more detailed comparative examination of developments in two or three regions. Students will be introduced to basic concepts used in reconstructing prehistoric cultures, and the artefactual and contextual evidence for the development of culture. This course is designated as a W-course (writing-intensive) and it will provide students with the necessary background to enroll in upper division courses in Archaeology.


  • Critical writing assignment 15%
  • Annotated bibliography 10%
  • Research paper outline 10%
  • Research paper 30%
  • Mid-term test 15%
  • Final exam (take home) 20%


Writing/Breadth: Social Sciences



Scarre, C. 3rd edition. The Human Past: World Prehistory and the Development of Human Societies. Norton. (ISBN: 978-0-5002-9063-7) 

Muller, J. 2014. 2nd edition. Writing in the Social Sciences: A Guide for Term Papers and Book Reviews. Oxford University Press. (ISBN: 978-0-1990-0986-2)

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