• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology

People have occupied Australia for at least 50,000 years. During that period geographically varied cultural systems changed frequently, adjusting to the altered economic and social circumstances. By using archaeological, historical, climate and biological evidence we can understand aspects of these ancient societies, such as how their economies operated, and how people perceived their society and environment. This course traces the long history of people on this continent. It also introduces you to unique skill sets required to work as an archaeologist in Australia.

Fieldwork Component Information: This course requires travel outside of the ACT. Students will only be permitted to travel upon completion of ANU required travel documentation and the approval of all documentation by the relevant delegate. Applicants are advised that due to circumstances beyond the University's control it may not be possible for students to commence or complete the fieldwork, in which case an alternative lesson plan will be arranged to fulfill the course requirements.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Understand and engage with principal themes, issues and debates in Australian archaeology.
  2. Prepare an Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment report.
  3. Increase your familiarity with community (including Aboriginal) consultation.
  4. Record sites using an “Aboriginal Site Impact Recording Form”.

Indicative Assessment

10-15 minute oral presentation with accompanying 1000 word essay (LO 1)
Fieldwork portfolio - Literature review for field research area (LO s 2, 3 and 4)
2500 word Aboriginal Site Assessment Report (LO s 2, 3 and 4)
3000 word essay  (LO 1)

Hurdle Requirement of the course: Attendance at a mini-conference (Week 7 lecture) and a Field-trip (Week 3).

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 57 hours of contact consisting of:
  • 1 x 2 hours of lectures and 1 x 1 hours of tutorials per week.
  • 21 hours over three days (field-trip)
b) 73 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARCH2004

Prescribed Texts

Hiscock, P. 2007 Archaeology of Ancient Australia.  London: Routledge.

Preliminary Reading

Cane, S. 2013. First Footprints. Allen and Unwin Press


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4197 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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