• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Archaeology
  • Major code ARCH-MAJ

The major in archaeology provides students with the opportunity to learn archaeological techniques and comprehend the evidence of past human societies in different locations, for both prehistoric and historical periods. Courses cover a wide range of regional cultural sequences and archaeological methodologies.

Learning Outcomes

  1. identify patterns and regional variation in the human past as revealed by the archaeological evidence;

  2. explain the nature of prehistoric and historic life and cultural transformations;

  3. critically evaluate archaeological evidence for the reconstruction of cultural systems and cultural change in specific regions;

  4. describe the long-term cultural changes in different parts of the world; and

  5. explain the basics of human physical and cultural evolution.
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

A maximum of 12 units of courses at 1000 level

A minimum of 6 units of courses at 3000 level

12 units from the completion of the following course(s):

ARCH1111 - Archaeology Uncovered (6 units)

ARCH1112 - From Origins to Civilizations (6 units)

A maximum of 30 units from the completion of the following list:

ARCH2004 Australian Archaeology (6 units)

ARCH2005 Archaeology of the Pacific Islanders (6 units)

ARCH2007 Archaeological Laboratory Methods (6 units)

ARCH2022 Study Tour: Cultural Landscapes and Environmental Change (6 units)

ARCH2037 Post-Roman Archaeology of Britain: From Arthur to the Black Death (6 units)

ARCH2041 Introduction to Environmental Archaeology (6 units)

ARCH2050 Archaeology of Southeast Asia (6 units)

ARCH2052 Archaeology in Film and Fiction (6 units)

ARCH2058 European Prehistory from Cultivation to the Celts (6 units)

ARCH2061 Archaeological Field Methods (6 units)

ASIA2203 Archaeology of China (6 units)

ASIA2301 Human Migration and Expansion in the Rise of the Asia-Pacific (6 units)

BIAN2015 Human Skeletal Analysis (6 units)

BIAN2128 Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology (6 units)

ENVS2025 Indigenous Cultural and Natural Resource Management (6 units)

HIST2022 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History (6 units)

HUMN2051 Introduction to Cultural Heritage Management (6 units)

INDG2001 Indigenous Cultural and Natural Resource Management (6 units)

A maximum of 12 units from the completion of the following list:

ARCH2055 Archaeological Fieldschools and Fieldwork Practice (6 units)

6 - 36 units from the completion of the following:

ARCH3023 Thinking Through the Past: Archaeological Theory from 1950 (6 units)

ARCH3026 History of Archaeology: Discovering the Past (6 units)

ARCH3030 Archaeology of Ritual and Religion (6 units)

ARCH3042 Scientific Dating in Archaeology and Palaeoenvironmental Studies (6 units)

ARCH3043 Analysis of Vertebrate Remains (6 units)

ARCH3056 Britons and Romans: Archaeology of the Western Roman Empire (6 units) * Starts in 2022

ARCH3108 Animal and Plant Domestication (6 units)

ASIA3051 Study Tour: Archaeology in Asia (6 units)

BIAN3113 Human Evolution (6 units)

BIAN3125 Ancient Health and Disease (6 units)

ENVS3029 Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction (6 units)

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