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This course is about the archaeology and social lives of the people living in Western Europe in the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. 

Warriors, farmers, sailors, builders, metalsmiths, and priests: from the people who built Stonehenge to the Celtic-speaking tribes who fought the Romans. The later prehistoric period was the time when the first ideas of civilisation came to Europe. 

Course outline

  • Topic 1: Introduction to European Prehistory: from the Stone Ages to Caesar  
  • Topic 2: Religion and Rituals: finding your place in the universe  
  • Topic 3: Everyday Survival: farming, feasting, and fighting 
  • Topic 4: Games of Thrones: power politics in the Age of Iron.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, learners will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Understand the archaeological timeline and characteristics of later prehistoric Western Europe;
  • Recognise the social and cultural changes from one time period to another;
  • Grasp key debates about the identities of prehistoric communities;
  • Explain the nature of monuments, housing, domestic lives, beliefs, and attitudes to death.

Who should enrol

This course is aimed at a general audience with a healthy enthusiasm for studying the past but no previous experience in archaeology is necessary.


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