Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Mesolithic Hunter-gatherer Lifeworlds ARCH4057

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

A thematic course that examines theoretical and methodological issues pertaining to the archaeology of hunter-gatherers societies from the Mesolithic period in Europe (c.9500-4500BCE).


20 contact hours as scheduled on MyCampus

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Archaeology, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes.

Excluded Courses





Coursework: one 2500-word essay (30%); one poster (20%)

Examination: one two-hour examination 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ provide an overview of the character of Mesolithic archaeology in Europe during the period c.9500-4500BCE;

■ investigate the salient character of local responses to environmental conditions and landscape change via regional case studies;

■ examine key research themes and methodologies for the examination of hunter-gatherer-fisher lifeworlds;

■ explore contemporary public understandings and uses of mesolithic pasts.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the archaeology of Mesolithic Europe. This will be assessed in the essay, presentation and final exam.

■ critically assess the application of social theoretical models to archaeological material for the period 9500-4500BCE. This will be assessed through the essay and the exam.

■ gain experience of summarising research findings and presenting these to others. This will be assessed in the seminar/poster assignment.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.