Hunters and Farmers in Early Europe

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Hunters and Farmers in Early Europe

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Archaeology, European Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description: This course introduces evidence from the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods of Western Asia and Europe, to create a context for the understanding of the Early prehistory of Ireland. We will look particularly at the possible reasons why communities who lived by foraging and hunting adopted agriculture and what implications those changes had. The course begins with an overview, followed by an examination of various aspects of Mesolithic society. The origin of farming in Western Asia is next, followed by the Neolithic of the central and north European plain and the introduction of agriculture to Western Europe, particularly to Britain and Ireland. The development of ritual and burial monuments will be explored towards the end of the course. Core Texts
    • B. Cunliffe (ed) 1994 Prehistoric Europe: The Oxford Illustrated History of PrehistoricEurope. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • Whittle, A. 1996. Europein the Neolithic: The Creation of New Worlds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
    • Price, D.T. 1987 The Mesolithic of Western Europe.

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