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Course Overview

This course is organised around a series of lectures and student-led seminars focusing on the archaeological study of North America with a special emphasis on the archaeology of Canada and Alaska. Students will be introduced to the major material culture traditions of higher latitude regions and be expected to engage critically with the key stands of archaeological thinking that have informed the history of research in North American archaeology since its inception in the early 19th century. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Jeff Oliver

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • AY3518 North American Archaeology (Dl) (Studied)
  • KL3514 North American Archaeology (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will provide students with a background to the prehistoric and historical archaeology of Northern North America. In addition to covering major material culture traditions from the earliest settlement of North America to the nineteenth century, this course will also probe some of the most important issues that have come to characterize the study of this diverse and culturally fluid continent. Topics will include different theories of cultural change, concepts of ethnicity, debates surrounding European contact, and the conditions of knowledge that inform our understanding of the past.

Further Information & Notes

This course may NOT be included in a graduating curriculum with KL 3514.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


Contact Teaching Time

42 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (50%); continuous assessment (50%; essay).

Resit: Marks from continuous assessment to be carried forward (50%); 1 two-hour written examination (50%).

Formative Assessment

In class quiz.


Detailed essay feedback forms; in class seminar feedback.

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