This module takes you on a journey through time to discover Britain’s Stone Age past. Using a mixture of classroom-based sessions, hands-on activities, museum visits and field excursions you will learn how archaeologists reconstruct past landscapes and understand the human populations that once inhabited these lost worlds. The module explores the first dispersals of humans across Europe; a remarkable story of survival in unfamiliar landscapes, where the challenges of changing climate, physical barriers and food and resource availability, tested human resilience to its limits. Located at the edge of this ice-age world, Britain uniquely documents these early inhabitants and their social, cultural and technological development.
Course content is subject to change.
The aim of the module is to introduce students to the Palaeolithic record, with a particular focus on Britain, and also explore how archaeologists and Quaternary scientists understand early humans and the landscapes in which they lived. The module will enable students to understand the chronological and environmental context for early human presence, the stone artefacts that give clues as to their technological, social and cultural development and also provides an opportunity to explore the subject through field and museum visits.
The module will be delivered through classroom-based teaching, practical sessions, museum visits and fieldwork. The lectures will provide important introductory and background information. Practical sessions will be used to provide hand-on experience and will include flint-knapping to explore how Palaeolithic stone tools were made as well as artefact identification and analysis.
Visits to the British Museum and Natural History Museum will demonstrate the important research collections and activity that takes place in these museums.
Field trips will provide the opportunity to see important Quaternary and Palaeolithic sites and on-going field projects and will include a 2 day trip to East Anglia, a day trip to Creswell Crags, a day trip to the Lower Thames and half day walking tours in Central London.
The timetable will also take account of any social and cultural activities provided by the Queen Mary Summer School programme.
The Queen Mary Summer School costs: £1,650 per session, which includes tution and social programme.
We offer a 10% discount to:
The cost of accommodation is approximately £500 per session. For further information, please visit our accommodation page.
As this course involves many field trips, we recommend budgeting approximately £100 to cover the costs.
All reading material will be provided online, so it is not necessary to purchase any books.
Please note there is no deposit payment required for the Queen Mary Summer School.
To join our Summer School, you should have completed a minimum of two semesters’ study at your home institution.
We welcome Summer School students from around the world. We accept a range of qualifications:
We welcome international qualifications and we consider every application individually on its academic merit.
All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English isn’t your first language, you must meet one of the following English Language requirements in order to join the Queen Mary Summer School:
Applications are open!
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Application deadline: 26 May 2019.
You’ll need to upload the following documents together with your online application:
** Please don’t connect or enter the UK via Ireland, as there are visa restrictions.