The archaeology of Africa is a rich and complex subject – a field of study with the power to dissolve the myth of a ‘dark continent’ devoid of history, and reveal instead the incredible diversity of the African experience.
By exploring this largely unwritten past you will discover the amazing achievements of African peoples, recognise Africa’s significant contribution to our shared human heritage, and develop a deeper understanding of some of the challenges faced by the continent in the 21st century.
From human origins to the development of agriculture and the rise of complex societies, this course offers a broad introduction to the archaeology of the African continent.
You will explore key research themes and engage with interdisciplinary methodologies that include physical and cultural anthropology, written and oral histories, environmental studies and ethnography.
By examining important archaeological research from the Sahara to South Africa, you will learn how the continent has long played a dynamic cultural and economic role on the global stage.