Students will gain knowledge of the development of the first sedentary and agricultural societies, the transition from Palaeolithic foragers to Neolithic farmers,and critical skills relating to the handling of evidence relevant to these issues and to much of the interpretation of prehistoric archaeology.
Students will develop knowledge of archaeological methodologies applied in the study of agricultural origins, including palaeoenvironmental studies, archaeozoology, archaeobotany, human osteoarchaeology.
Students will develop an understanding of developments in archaeological theory, through an understanding of how those dveelopment has affected interpretations of origins of agriculture.
Students will develop their critical and analytical skills in handling evidence, evaluating the arguments of others and integrating diverse evidence sets.
Students will develop their abilityto construct and express effective and succinct verbal and written argument
Students will develop their ability to reflect on verbal feedback on their work and deploy it to improve their work
Students will develop their ability to identify, recall and deploy material relevant to a particular question
Students will develop their ability to identify and evaluate controversy in archaeological and other literature