Course DescriptionFrom our remote ancestors in Africa to the origins of farming and settled life, the human story unfolds across six continents and thousands of generations. This survey of world prehistory examines the evidence for the earliest ancestry ofhumankind, the Neanderthal mystery (why did they disappear - or did they?), the appearance of modern humans, European cave art, the colonization of Australia and the Americas, and early farming communities in the Old and New Worlds.
By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:
- Recognize the terminology of prehistory
- Logically evaluate various information sources on world prehistory
- Consider variability, contamination, and error factors in reports
- Obtain an appreciation for the archaeological record, and the ability to analyze issues relating to cultural heritage