75782 - Prehistoric Ecology (1) (LM)

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  • Teacher Antonio Curci

  • Credits 6

  • SSD BIO/08

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Archaeology and Cultures of the Ancient World (cod. 8855)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Responsible consumption and production Life on land

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student, through a multidisciplinary approach, learns and knows the chronological framework of the Quaternary. He/She is able to analyze the relationship between people and the environment during the past, in particular the influence of climate changes on human evolution. The student, at the end of the course, acquires specific skills about the methodologies for the integrated reconstruction of the prehistoric paleoenvironment and the interpretation of the settlement choices, the subsistence strategies, resource use and technological innovation.

Course contents

  • Human paleoecology and metodology of the paleoecological research
  • Quaternary Ecology
  • Prehistoric economiy: from foraging to farming
  • Archaeological cultures: from Palaeolithic to Copper Age in Europe


D. COCCHI GENICK, Preistoria, QuiEdit 2009

J. DE GROSSI MAZZORIN, Archeozoologia, Laterza 2009

A. GIROD, Appunti di Archeomalacologia, All'Insegna del Giglio, 2015

G. DI PASQUALE, Che cos'è l'archeobotanica, Carocci 2011

Non attending students are required to agree upon additional texts with the teacher.

Teaching methods

The course is based on lectures dealing with the program topics.

Assessment methods

The evaluation consists of an oral exam on the course program. The student must show that he/she has acquired adequate general and systematic knowledge of the various topics and has mastered the scientific and methodological tools necessary for a reasoned analysis of the program subjects.

Teaching tools

Lectures will be illustrated with powerpoint presentations

Office hours

See the website of Antonio Curci