• 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
  • Co-taught Course

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

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARCH 3019

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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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
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