By the end of the module students should be familiar with the major frameworks of human evolution, and be equipped with the research skills necessary for their study.
Students will be familiar with the major early hominid / hominin and early archaeological sites.
Students will be familiar with the framework for current debates in early human evolution concerning the period before 0.5 million years ago.
Students will be familiar with the potential for and limits of inferences about early hominin behaviour from material remains (fossils and material culture) with a particular emphasis on lithic technology.
Students will be able to build upon skills in the critical evaluation of the relevant archaeological, geological and palaeontological texts.
Students will be able to strengthen the skills required to review material presented by others; structure and present effective seminars and written essays and prepare scientific bibliographies.
Students will be able to recognise features of artefacts and assemblages (usually lithic) which can be used to infer hominin behaviour.