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Central Europe in the Neolithic - 20 credits (HST430)

This module covers the period from c. 5500-2500 BC, including the Copper Age, and it ranges geographically from Hungary to western Germany. Its main approach is thematic, looking at major issues of settlement development and social change. Central Europe in the Neolithic is normally taught in the spring semester through small group discussion and tutorials. Assessment is by one extended essay (4000 words). Major topics studied: the sequence on the Great Hungarian Plain; the beginnings, character and demise of longhouse life; the LBK and after; LBK case studies; nucleated lakeside settlement: the Alpine foreland; ditched enclosures; production and exchange.