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Archaeological Studies of Human Landscapes

ARKN14

Course code: ARKN14
Swedish title: Arkeologiska studier av människa och landskap i långtidsperspektiv
ECTS credits: 15

Semester:

Study period: autumn 2017
Type of studies: full time, day
Study period: 2017-11-06 – 2018-01-14
Language of instruction: English
Eligibility: Students must have passed the course ARKK04, ARKH04, AKSA04, HOSA04 or the equivalent.
Application code: LU-30271

Teachers: Nicolo Dell'Unto

Description

In this course human relation to the landscape is studied in an archaeological long time perspective. Using different archaeological examples, for example the Neolithic revolution in Scandinavia, various theoretical perspectives regarding humans and landscape are discussed. In what way do important institutions; like religion, technology, social organization and economy relate to environment and landscape, and in what way are these institutions affected by the landscape? What type of historical events, disasters and environmental changes and so on can be connected to population change in traditional societies? Have some traditional societies been targeted by catastrophes while others have prospered? Are there fundamental differences between hunters and gatherers and societies based on traditional agriculture or do we find gradual differences along a continuum? Do humans adapt to the landscape or do humans adapt the landscape to their own needs? How can we use different theories from other scholarly fields, for example ecology, when in explaining human interaction with the environment? Under what circumstances has traditional archaeological societies shown resilience and when are societies vulnerable to external trends (environmental change, disasters)?

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