• 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 Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Duncan Wright
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ARCH6004
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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Australia has been occupied by people for at least 50,000 years. During that period geographically varied cultural systems changed frequently, adjusting to the altered economic and social circumstances. By using archaeological, historical, climate and biological evidence we can understand aspects of these ancient societies, such as how their economies operated, and how people perceived their society and environment. This course traces the long history of humans in this continent, a surprising, remarkable story of culture change.

Learning Outcomes

Students will acquire knowledge of the archaeological evidence for ancient human activities in Australia and an understanding of the interpretations of both singular historical events and cultural evolution.

Indicative Assessment

Discussions and consideration of the evidence are facilitated by two laboratory workshops, each with a one thousand word written summary about a major archaeological site each worth 15%. Students are able to review and critique a specific issue in Australian archaeology in a 3,000 word essay (60%). There will be a weekly online quiz based on laboratory workshop each worth 10%.

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Normally offered in alternate years.

2 hours of lectures and  1 hour tutorial per week.Students will normally spend an additional 4 hours per week in study.


Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units in Archaeology (ARCH or PREH) or be studying the Australian Indigenous Studies major or have permission of the lecturer. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously studied PREH2004.

Prescribed Texts

Hiscock, P. 2008 Archaeology of Ancient Australia. Routledge.





Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
3292 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person

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