This course traces the development of human culture and civilization, as expressed in artistic
and archaeological evidence, from the origins of modern humans through the advent of
agriculture and urbanism across the world. It consists of a coherent, chronological survey
of human prehistory, as found in the archaeological remains. Special attention will be paid
to artistic expression as a medium for communication and change. The geographic areas
discussed in this course include southern, western and eastern Asia; Europe; Africa; and the
Americas. The broad geographical scope of the course allows us to make comparisons of cultural developments across the globe.