The course presents an overview of archaeological research undertaken in Mainland and Island Southeast Asia from 1.5 million years ago to the Indianized civilizations of the first and early second millennia AD. Particular emphasis will be placed on the Pleistocene colonisation of SE Asia; on the archaeology of early agricultural and Bronze/Iron Age societies; on the archaeology of the Indianized civilizations of Burma, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia; and on the cultural and linguistic ancestries of the present inhabitants of Southeast Asia.
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:
- Demonstrate a comprehension of the broad trajectory of socio-political development in prehistoric/historic SE Asia evolution;
- Evaluate archaeological journal articles; and
- Demonstrate the skills and knowledge needed to have a basic concept of regional archaeology.
Indicative AssessmentOral and written assessment (for a total of 15%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3]
- Presentation, 10 minutes (9%)
- Presentation summary, 500 words (6%)
Critical reading exercise, 100 words each (2.5% each for a total of 5%) [Learning Outcome 2]
Essay, 2000 words (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
Exam, 2 hours (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing
Requisite and Incompatibility
Preliminary ReadingHigham, C. Early Cultures of Mainland South Asia,Thames and Hudson, 2002.
Glover, I. and Bellwood, P. eds Southeast Asia from Prehistory to History Routledge Curzon 2004.
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