• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Biological Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Biological Anthropology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Rachel Wood
    • Prof Rainer Grun
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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An overview of the principal techniques deployed in modern archaeology and palaeoanthropology to place the material remains of the human past and the human environment in a chronological context, from earliest human origins to quite recent times. Starting with fundamental principles such as stratigraphy and relatively simple methods such as dendrochronology (tree-ring dating), the course will progress to examine some of the main scientifically based methods relevant to prehistory and human evolution, such as radiocarbon, U-series, potassium/argon, luminescence, electron spin resonance and fission-track dating. The course also examines the use of isotope analysis in the reconstruction of ancient diet.

Where possible the course will include visits to the respective laboratories.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Read with comprehension material which relies on principal scientific dating techniques deployed in modern archaeology and paleoanthropology.
  1. Evaluate such material critically.

Other Information

This course is primarily intended for Honours students in Archaeology and/or Biological Anthropology, and when places are limited priority may be given to students intending to undertake one of these courses in the following year.

Indicative Assessment

One 3000-word assignment (80%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2]

One short test (20%) [Learning Outcome 1]

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Workload

This course is normally offered every year.

Two hours of lectures and one hour of discussions per week plus laboratory visits; plus private study to bring the total weekly commitment to ten hours per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

12u 1000 level ARCH, BIOL, CHEM, EMSC, ENVS, MATH, PHYS or SCOM

Preliminary Reading

Aitken, M.J. 1990 Science-based dating in archaeology. Longman, London.

Majors

Minors

Fees

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:
2
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.

Units EFTSL
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 Class Summary
1239 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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