ANTH 3140 Old World Prehistory

There is almost no part of the world or period of its history that is not a subject of vigorous and sophisticated investigation by archaeologists. This course surveys the origins and development of human society. World prehistory is best understood as the history of contacts between peoples previously isolated from one another. The course provides an account of prehistoric life and the roots of modern societies and empires. It offers to the student an understanding of the evolution of humans and the cultures they established, from the first traces of humanity to the creation of early literate societies. The major topics covered include the evolution of tool making, the development of religion, the origins of language, the importance of agriculture, the beginnings of warfare, and the creation of hierarchical societies and hereditary ranking. 
Credits: 3.0