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The main objective of this course (120 ECTS) is to train young researchers in providing competitive services and researches on Prehistory, Paleo-anthropology, geology and paleontology, on the methods to be applied for prehistoric and archaeological research, on Quaternary’s geology and paleontology and on heritage preservation and revaluation.

The ERASMUS MUNDUS master degree in Quaternary and Prehistory is meant to prepare professionals with the following requirements:

·         Valid cultural background on scientific research, methods and knowledge on the ancient history of Man both from a cultural and from a naturalistic-prehistoric perspective;

·         Appropriate skills in analyzing natural components (both biotic and biotic) within the relationship and interaction between man and environment during the long omination process with specific reference to Quaternary period;

·         Knowledge on scientific aspects of Man’s evolution with special concern to naturalistic contents both from an historical and an evolutionary perspective, and also from the point of view of constant relationship with different ways of life and survival strategies used by our species along time;

·         Coordination skills and ability to intervene in an interdisciplinary way both in terms of coordination and development of different kinds of research within the subjects of the master degree;

·         Appropriate knowledge and management of filing and analysis of information concerning human evolution and natural environment of prehistoric community with special interest in biological and cultural aspects;

·         Appropriate skills in restoration and preservation techniques of materials in prehistoric natural sediments.

·         Interdisciplinary knowledge on the state of research within prehistory acquired at the main European Institutions.


Following, the activities expected are described; in sheet 1 the curriculafor training activities, the type, the respective credits and the forecasted number of hours for classes have been identified. For each activity it has been indicated a gap of possible credits according to each curricula’s address/course chosen by the student in accordance with the School Board.

For each curricula, a minimum of 6 ECTS are compulsory. At the end of the first semester the student will have to select a specific curricula and will have to take not less than 30 credits within the two years.

In sheet 2 the objectives and each contents are described.

On the basis of specific lessons available at each partner Institutions the student will have the possibility to select, within the offer, each own training address. It is not only about sharing knowledge among Institutions with the same aims, but it is also about transferring specific and complementary knowledge.

Partners’ representatives, have scheduled training activities as follows:


  Curricular Activity
 Typology Hours ECTS
 Prehistory T+L+TL 60-180 6-30
 Paleo-anthropology T+L+TL  60-180 6-30
 Procedures for research on prehistory and archeology T+L+TL  60-180  6-30
 Geology and Palaeontology of Quaternary T+L+TL  60-180 6-30
 Conservation and valorisation of the heritage T+L  60-180 6-30
  Stage ST 150-750  6-30
  thesis ST+L 0-1000 0-40
  Total  1500 120

Definition of teaching for curricula, stages and apprenticeship. Type of teaching: T= theory, L= laboratory, T/L= theory with exercise; ST= individual activity with a tutor.