• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

An advanced course on the archaeology of the Pacific, in which certain selected themes are examined in detail. There will be emphasis on methods of analysis and interpretation of the archaeological evidence on which reconstruction is based.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Students will acquire more advanced knowledge of the archaeological evidence for the ancient settlement of the Pacific Islands, and the subsequent cultural changes that occurred within each major archipelago than provided in ARCH6005. They will also acquire research skills in the preparation of annotated bibliographies on contentious issues in archaeology and a by preparing a critical evaluation of current theories in the area.

Indicative Assessment

Class participation and readings (15%), Comprehensive annotated bibliography of a controversial issue in Pacific archaeology (35%), 6000 word analytical and critical review of a major theme in Pacific archaeology (50%).


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32 hours lectures and seminars

Preliminary Reading

Kirch, P.V. On the Road of the Winds: an archaeological history of the Pacific Islands before European contact, University of California Press, 2000.
Kirch, P.V. The Lapita Peoples: Ancestors of the Oceanic World, Blackwell, Oxford, 1997.
Spriggs, M. The Island Melanesians, Blackwell, 1997.
Summerhayes, G.R. Lapita Interaction, Center for Archaeological Research ANU, Terra Australis 15.


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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1542
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3618
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3618
2004 $3618
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