2013-2014 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog (without addenda) 
    
    Jul 21, 2019  
2013-2014 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog (without addenda) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AN 2883 The Upper Paleolithic and the Evolution of Modernity

3 Credits
During the last decade, archaeology and anthropology began to intensively study the evolution of the Upper Paleolithic period, which lasted from roughly 40 thousand years ago until about 10,000 years ago. This period coincides with the last part of the Pleistocene glacial epoch. The Upper Paleolithic was followed by the Mesolithic and the Neolithic revolution, which saw the invention of agriculture and animal husbandry and the unfolding of recent human cultures and civilizations. We shall investigate how new scholarship casts the Upper Paleolithic as a time of intensive cultural and social growth when the human species witnessed its ascent into “modernity.” This scholarship casts modernity in a novel sense as the time in which humans forged new modes of cultural and ecological adaptation into present-day hunting and gathering societies. This new scholarship will help researchers to understand the Upper Paleolithic as the most salient shaper of human nature and action.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of first year writing requirements
Note: Satisfies a humanities and social sciences elective.



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