MSc/GradDip Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology

UCD School of Archaeology has an international reputation for hunter-gatherer archaeology, and in 2022 will host CHAGS13 – the biggest international Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies – in June 2022. This new MSC programme in Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology will ask you to consider two fundamental questions:

  • Is there something distinctive about the archaeology of hunter-gatherers?
  • What is the value and significance of hunter-gatherer archaeology?

This will require a global consideration of key themes in the archaeology and anthropology of hunter-gatherers and a critical perspective on the contexts of knowledge production. The very idea that there are types of societies that can be defined as ‘hunter-gatherers’ is a product of particular contexts: a problematic blend of colonialism, racism and social evolutionary models that lies at the centre of modern Western thought. We will confront the issues that arise from this legacy. Our perspective is global, and from the deep past to the present. The main focus is on Homo sapiens – although we will consider other species of humans. This is not a course on human evolution, although the perspectives developed will be of value to those who study this.

More information about the programmes can be found here:


Online registration for 2022/2023 opens in October 2021

Closing Date for 2022-2023 applications: close of business, Friday, 3rd June 2022

Late applications will be considered. Please contact the Graduate Director, Prof. Aidan O'Sullivan ( and cc


Programme coordinator: ProfessorGraeme Warren
Phone: +353 1 7168613


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