Course: Palaeolithic and Mesolithic

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Course title Palaeolithic and Mesolithic
Course code KHI/PAM
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Novák Martin, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Lectures: 1. - 2. Introduction to Paleolithic archeology - periodization and chronology of the Paleolithic; history research (main personalities and workplaces in Moravia and Bohemia). Chronology and characteristics of quatern - development of climate; Pleistocene fauna and flora; overview of quaternary sediments. The development of the human race; fossil anthropological findings in Central Europe. 3.-4. Old and Middle Palaeolithic - the oldest stone industry in Moravia and Bohemia; Taubachian; moustérien; Micoquian. 5.- 6. Earlier phases of the Upper Paleolithic - the issue of transition from Middle to Upper Paleolithic; Bohunician; Szeletian; Aurignacian. 7.- 8. Middle phase of the Upper Paleolithic - Gravettian. The younger phase of the Upper Paleolithic - Epigravettian and epiaurignacien (Kasovien).

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Observation
  • Excursion - 8 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 36 hours per semester
  • Homework for Teaching - 12 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Exam - 50 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The lecture will familiarize students with current state of knowledge of the Early and Middle Stone Age in Central Europe, mainly in the areas of Moravia and Bohemia. Introduction of the course will be devoted to the history of research, the characteristics of the natural environment in the quatern and to physical development of human. The main part will present an overview and characteristics of archaeological cultures in the Paleolithic and Mesolithic ages in terms of chronology, geographic expansion , content of material culture, as well as economic and social aspects (residential and hunting strategies, use of natural resources, structures of settlements, arts, funerals). Courses include workshops that focus on topics of Palaeolithic archeology, especially in the field of research methods of Paleolithic age( Geoarchaeology , dating, technology and typology of chipped industry, Traseology , spatial analysis of settelemnts, etnoarcheology , experimental archeology, etc.). Seminars are implemented with the active participation of students through presentation of and an essay on a selected topic and its public presentation and followed discussion. AD
Students acknowledges the cultures of the palaeolithic ande mesolithic ages, the material production of this period and other indicators of the culture. The student will prepare and present a public presentation. AD
Basic orientation in Antropogenesis, the characteristics of Paleolithic and Mesolithic period and overview of archaeological cultures in the respective periods. AD

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam, Essay

Presence and fulfilment of the assigned work
Recommended literature
  • Svoboda, J. a kol. (2009). Paleolit Morava a Slezska. Aktualizované vydání.. Brno.
  • Svoboda, J. (1999). Čas lovců. Brno.
  • Vencl, S. (ed.), Fridrich, J. (2007). Paleolit a mezolit. Archeologie pravěkých Čech 2.. Praha.

Study plans that include the course
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