• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Archaeology
  • Major code ARCH-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate

The major in archaeology provides students with the opportunity to learn archaeological techniques and comprehend the evidence of past human societies in different locations, for both prehistoric and historical periods. Courses cover a wide range of regional cultural sequences and archaeological methodologies.



Due to structural changes in the undergraduate program rules in 2012, the courses that make up the new 2012 majors may be different to the pre-2012 majors, and therefore some courses cannot be counted between majors.  Students are advised to contact the CASS Student Office if they are unsure about their Majors.


Learning outcomes

  1. Development of an understanding of patterns and regional variation in the human past as revealed by the archaeological evidence.
  2. Familiarity and understanding of the nature of prehistoric and historic life and cultural transformations.
  3. Critical appreciation of the archaeological evidence for the reconstruction of cultural systems and cultural change in specific regions.
  4. Understanding the long-term cultural changes in different parts of the world.
  5. Enhancing knowledge of human physical and cultural evolution.
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ARCH1111 Archaeology Uncovered 6
ARCH1112 From Origins to Civilizations 6

A maximum of 30 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ANCH2014 Homer and the Trojan War 6
ARCH2002 Britain before the Romans - from Stonehenge to the Celts 6
ARCH2004 Australian Archaeology 6
ARCH2005 The Archaeology of the Pacific Islanders 6
ARCH3026 History of Archaeology: Discovering the Past 6
ARCH2037 Post-Roman Archaeology of Britain: Arthur and the Anglo Saxons 6
ARCH2041 Introduction to Environmental Archaeology 6
ARCH2050 Archaeology of Southeast Asia 6
ARCH2052 Archaeology in Film and Fiction 6
ARCH3028 Archaeology of Death and Mortuary Practices 6
ARCH2055 Supervised Research in Archaeology 6
ARCH2056 Britons and Romans: Archaeology of the Western Roman Empire 6
ARCH2058 European prehistory from cultivation to the Celts 6
  ARCH 2108: Animals, Plants & People
ARCH3025 World Rock Art 6
ARCH3024 In the footprints of Siddhartha: The Archaeology of Buddhism 6
ASIA2203 Archaeology of China 6
BIAN2115 'Race' and Human Genetic Variation 6
BIAN2128 Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology 6
BIAN2130 Ancient Medicine 6
BIAN2015 Human Skeletal Analysis 6
ARCH2059 International Archaeological Field School 6
ARCH2060 International Archaeological Field School Extension 6

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ARCH3000 Research Design and Analysis in Archaeology 6
ARCH3019 Topics in Pacific Archaeology 6
ARCH2061 Archaeological Field Methods 6
ARCH3023 Thinking through the past: archaeological theory from 1950 6
BIAN3113 Human Evolution 6
BIAN3125 Ancient Health & Disease 6
BIAN3010 Scientific Dating and Isotope analysis for Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology 6
BIAN3016 Analysis of Mammalian Remains 6
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