- Code ARCH1111
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Archaeology
- Areas of interest Archaeology
- Academic career UGRD
- Duncan Wright
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2014
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Exotic locations, the romance and danger of treasure-hunting, and the discovery of unknown human history. This colourful and entertaining course explores these dimensions of archaeology, and takes you on other adventures as well. We will encounter the builders of Stonehenge, the treasures of ancient Egyptians, the Pyramids of the Aztecs, the search for Homer's Troy, evidence for the extinction of the Viking civilization in Greenland, the grisly reality of cannibalism in North America, and what archaeology reveals about Custer's Last Stand. We will handle ancient archaeological materials from Roman Britain, Southern Africa, Scandinavia and Australia. Extensive online multimedia presentations provide a comprehensive educational experience; you don't need to take notes or do any other research. This is the adventure of archaeology!
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Modern archaeology is intriguing but it can also be intricate. An understanding of the story told by archaeology, about the human past, requires a grounding in the methods of archaeological investigations and the frameworks archaeologists use in interpreting ancient remains.
The goals of this course are to introduce you to archaeological thinking, to provide you with an understanding of how we have pieced together the tale of human evolution, and to give you the skills that will allow you to critically evaluate both technical and media statements about archaeological research. Students will acquire knowledge of archaeological methods and an understanding of selected events in the human past. Students will also develop a comprehension of archaeological thinking and of the nature of archaeological research.
The course will also give you a sense of the nature of archaeological work through the activities we undertake in the laboratory sessions.
All assessment is related to and develops understandings of archaeological methods. Three pieces of assessment are based on laboratory activities: a short review (10%) of an archaeological report, laboratory exercises (15%), and a 1,500 word essay based on class work (35%). At the end of semester a short test (40%) evaluates overall learning.
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2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of laboratories per week. Films will also be shown but are not compulsory. Students will normally spend an additional 4 hours per week in study.
Requisite and Incompatibility
McIntosh, J. The Practical Archaeologist: How We Know What We Know About the Past. 2nd Rev edition, Checkmark Books, 1999.
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2072||17 Feb 2014||07 Mar 2014||31 Mar 2014||30 May 2014||In Person||N/A|