• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies

Most of the past is outside of history, either occurring before people began writing things down or happening in the nooks and crannies of culture that are rarely written about. To understand this past we must turn to its material culture—the remains of everyday life preserved in the archaeological and natural record. In this course we will discuss what we’ve learned about the human past in eastern Asia and in the Pacific and how we have learned it, with emphasis on key developments such as the first arrival of people in uninhabited lands, the development of agriculture and the resilience of foraging, the development of complex ranked societies, and the interactions of people with local environments. The student will gain an understanding of past cultures in Asia and the Pacific and be prepared for advanced study of the ancient past using archaeological and palaeoenvironmental approaches.

Learning Outcomes

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

On successful completion of this course, student will be able to:
1) Describe how archaeologists have approached the study of Asia and the Pacific.
2) Critically use concepts and tools from the discipline of archaeology to develop, review, analyse and synthesise knowledge about Asia and the Pacific.
3) Evaluate how the study of Asia and the Pacific has influenced the discipline of archaeology.

Indicative Assessment

Four Quizes (LO 1,2,3).
Two Exams (LO 1,2,3).
Research Paper discussing a recent magazine/newspaper article using the ancient past in a discussion of modern culture (LO 1, 3)
Research Paper related to the prehistory of a particular spot in the region (LO 1, 2).  May involve particular aspects of archaeology for the location or a broader assessment of cultural change.

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The course will meet for one hour 3 times per week. Student workload is estimated at 10 hr/week

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed or be studying ASIA1025 or ASIA1030.

Prescribed Texts

Archaeology: Theories, Methods, and Practice  (Sixth Edition, 2012)
Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn
ISBN 9780500289761

Preliminary Reading

Reading list to be provided in the course outline.




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6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9840 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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