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Unit Overview


This unit studies European archaeology from the appearance of human ancestors through the establishment of agricultural practices to the establishment of the use of metal. This time period is traditionally divided into the periods of the Palaeolithic, Neolithic and the Bronze Age. The unit examines topics such as our relationship with Neanderthals, the social and cultural changes related to the adoption of farming and animal husbandry, and the changes that came about with the introduction of metals and their integration into the economy and trade networks. Related to these processes is the development of the first European complex societies or civilisations in the Eastern Mediterranean.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of European archaeology from the earliest appearance of human settlement on the continent to the arrival of the earliest agricultural practices; (2) understand the broad spatial and chronological development of material culture items from the Palaeolithic to the Bronze Age of Europe; (3) critically understand the relevance of research on European archaeology for global archaeological research; (4) demonstrate a critical and reflexive understanding of ethical issues relevant to all archaeological practice; (5) independently and critically undertake research through the collection and interpretation of archaeological information and report on this process process; (6) demonstrate presentation skills by preparing a tutorial presentation and concomitant group communication skills in discussing the presentation; and (7) demonstrate critical reading skills and source criticism.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay; (2) tests; and (3) tutorial assignments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Jane Balme
Unit rules
ARCY1001 Discoveries in Archaeology, ARCY1002 Archaeology Today: Principles and Themes, and two Level 2 Archaeology units
ARCY3001 Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Europe, ARCY3006 Neolithic and Bronze Age Europe
Contact hours
2 hours per week
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.