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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

DISTANCE LEARNING VERSION: 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 Online Sustained Study No
  • Dr Jeff Oliver

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Distance Learning (Studied)
  • Archaeology (AY) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • AY3513 North American Archaeology (Studied)
  • KL3514 North American Archaeology (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Distance Learning version: 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

Distance learning students will learn from home by listening to recorded lectures via My Aberdeen and participate in practical exercises using detailed hand-outs/instructions or complete alternatives where appropriate.

This course may NOT be included in a graduating curriculum with AY 3513.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

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

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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