This module explores prehistoric monuments belonging to the world of the living, of the dead, and their symbolic aspects. Lectures focus on the architecture of these monuments, on their roles in the changing ritual and belief systems of past societies and on their relation to the environment. The geographical scope of the module ranges from Ireland to the Mediterranean and encompasses all of prehistory, based on specific case studies.
You will gain a sound knowledge of key aspects of European prehistory and a critical understanding of theory and methods relating to the study of monuments, landscapes and rituals as well as of megalithic monuments in past societies. You will also develop an understanding of approaches to the systematic study and interpretation of prehistoric art and material culture, of anthropological and social theory relating to ritual, religion and art, and of changing methods, approaches and interpretations of archaeological sites.
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Melie Le Roy
Other Contributor: Dr Siobhan McDermott
(Image: Stonehenge, England – Linda Boutoille)