• 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 UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Duncan Wright
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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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 principal themes, issues and debates in Australian archaeology;
  2. familiarise yourself with community (including Aboriginal) consultation;
  3. develop skills required to work as an archaeologist in Australia including preparation of grant applications and academic/ consultancy reports; and
  4. record sites using an “Aboriginal Site Impact Recording Form”.

Other Information

Students will have the opportunity to complete an optional/ungraded fieldwork portfolio - Literature review for field research area (Burrill Lakes).

Indicative Assessment

Group assignment: design and coordinate a mini tutorial on a topic of student interest (15%), Learning Outcome 1, comprising:
  • post discussion questions (x5, total 100 words) and focused readings (x2) on Wattle at least 4 days prior to the tutorial (5%); and
  • presentation of 10 minutes & coordinated discussion of 10 minutes (10%)”
1500 word Aboriginal Site Assessment Report (35%) Learning Outcomes 2, 3 and 4
2000 word essay (50%) Learning Outcome 1  

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 57 hours of contact consisting of:
    24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials over 12 weeks, and
    21 hours over three days (field-trip); and
b) 73 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units in Archaeology (ARCH or PREH), or be studying the Australian Indigenous Studies major, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed PREH2004 or ARCH6004.

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
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
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
4196 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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