The course provides basic knowledge about people, cultures and societies from prehistoric and historic periods, concerning mainly Northern Europe, but with added global perspectives. The focus is on interpretations of regional diversity and times of change. The source material is archaeology, ancient monuments/ancient landscapes, and written evidence. The course also provides insights into: the history of archaeology, the organization and relevance of the discipline in modern society, as well as specialist field of numismatics. With its broad outlook and survey of knowledge about humanity over an extended time period the course is useful in a wide range of professions.