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.
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.
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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Workload32 hours lectures and seminars
Requisite and Incompatibility
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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