• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Tristen Jones
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ARCH6041
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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This course introduces students to the methods archaeologists use to interpret environments and environmental change. We will discuss the principles of ecological and environmental function, the multifarious processes that influence the preservation and spatial and temporal distribution of environmental evidence in the archaeological record. We will investigate how various aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates and vertebrates provide frameworks for interpreting local and regional ecological change and how people have variously impacted on and modified environments, with a particular focus on those plants and animals that have adapted to the special environmental conditions and emerged with the amalgamation of people in towns and villages.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. understand the methodologies and research objectives of environmental archaeology;
  2. assess the limits of the evidence used and assess past human impacts on ecosystems; and
  3. develop basic laboratory skills and understanding of the different techniques and methodologies employed in environmental archaeology research.

Indicative Assessment

Argumentative Essay, 3000 words (50%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2]
Wattle quizzes x 2 (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2]
Laboratory/field portfolio, 1500 words (30%) [Learning Outcomes 2, 3]
 

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 18 hours of lectures and 18 hours of tutorials and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading, and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of 1000 level Archaeology (ARCH or PREH) courses, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARCH6041.

Prescribed Texts

Lowe, J.J. & Walker, M.J.C. 1997 (2nd Ed.). Reconstructing Quaternary environments, Edinburgh: Wesley Longman Ltd.
Evans, J. & O'Connor, T.P. 1999. Environmental archaeology: Principles and methods, Stroud: Sutton Publishing Ltd.
Turney, C., Canti, M., Branch, N. 2005. Environmental archaeology: Theoretical and practical approaches, London: Routledge.
Reitz, E.J., and Shackley, M., 2012. Environmental Archaeology. Springer

Preliminary Reading

Diamond, J. Guns, Germs and Steel: A Short History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years, Vintage 1997.
Evans, J. and O'Connor, T. Environmental Archaeology: Principles and Methods, Sutton Publishing 1999.
Flannery, T. The Future Eaters: An Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and People, Reed Books, 1994.
Wilkinson, K. and Stevens, C. Environmental Archaeology: Approaches, Techniques and Applications, Tempus, 2003.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
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
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
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
9218 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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