Fall 2021 - ARCH 272W D100

Archaeology of the Old World (4)

Class Number: 4389

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    SWH 9152, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 13, 2021
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    AQ 5037, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 100, 101, 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 prehistory of the Old World from the appearance of us modern humans in the Palaeolithic to the appearance of the earliest civilizations in the Bronze Age. This takes us from small-scale hunting-gathering societies through the development of agriculture to the development of complex state-level societies. Much of the focus will be on the periods during and following the emergence of agriculture. Students will examine the basic concepts and techniques used by archaeologists in the reconstruction of prehistoric cultures as well as the major theories about how and why cultures change over time. 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.

NOTE: This course will be entirely in-person.


  • Research paper outline 5%
  • Research paper draft 10%
  • Research Paper 20%
  • Participation 10%
  • Mid-term exam 25%
  • Final exam 30%



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

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