Postgraduate Course: From Foraging to Farming: the Beginnings of Agriculture in the Mediterranean and Europe (PGHC11243)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course provides students with the opportunity to study the archaeological and other evidence relating to one of the most important events in human prehistory - the transition from hunting and gathering to farming. The main issues surrounding the economic, technological and social developments that marked the transition are explored for specific regions of Europe.
The aim of the course is to instil in students:
- a sound knowledge and understanding of the principal sources of evidence that can be used to reconstruct the behaviour of the last hunting-gathering and earliest food producing societies in Europe;
- an appreciation of the difficulties involved in interpreting that evidence, and the major areas of controversy;
- the ability to critically assess current hypotheses of the transition to agriculture as applied in three geographically distinct regions of Europe, the Balkan Peninsula, the Mediterranean, and Northwest Europe;
- a critical awareness of how archaeological perceptions and approaches to research have historically influenced interpretations of the evidence.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
- Demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
|Barker, G. 2006. The Agricultural Revolution in Prehistory: Why did Foragers Become Farmers? Oxford: Oxford University Press.|
Bellwood, P. 2005. First Farmers: the Origins of Agricultural Societies. Oxford: Blackwell.
Diamond, J. 2002. Evolution, consequences and future of plant and animal domestication. Nature 418: 700-707.
Colledge, S. & Conolly, J. (eds) 2007. The Origins and Spread of Domestic Plants in Southwest Asia and Europe. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.
Colledge, S. & Conolly, J. (eds) 2013. The Origins and Spread of Domestic Animals in Southwest Asia and Europe. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.
Lichter, C. (ed.) 2005. How Did Farming Reach Europe? Anatolian-European Relations from the Second Half of the 7th through the First Half of the 6th Millennium cal BC. BYZAS 2. Istanbul: Ege Yayinlari.
Price, T.D. (ed.) 2000. Europe's First Farmers. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
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|Course organiser||Prof Clive Bonsall
Tel: (0131 6)50 2375
|Course secretary||Mr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)51 7454