• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Archaeology, Non Language Asian Studies, History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
The course examines the archaeological evidence for broad-scale cultural and social developments in China from the time of arrival of modern humans (ca. 40,000 years before present) through the Han Dynasty (202 BC-AD 220). Specific topics include: the nature of early hunting and gathering societies; the emergence of plant and animal domestication; the development of metallurgy and the roles of agriculture, technology, trade and warfare in the rise of advanced civilization during the Shang and Zhou periods; innovation and competition among the Eastern Zhou states; the significance of ancient texts; the unification of China under the First Emperor; and continuing political, intellectual and artistic achievements during the 400-year-long Han Dynasty. 

Learning Outcomes

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

Students who complete this course successfully will be able to:
1. Discuss major research issues in Chinese archaeology;
2. Critique the portrayals of Chinese archaeology in history in academic literature;
3. Discuss the processes and impacts of major cultural events and developments in China during the range of  
    approximately 40,000 BC through AD 220;
4. Apply this information toward understanding the role of China and Asia in world history; and
5. Communicate knowledge of Chinese archaeology to general audiences.

Indicative Assessment

One or two essays (4000 words), a learning journal (1000 words) or a final examination, and tutorial participation.

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32 contact hours per semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 36 units of university courses. Incompatible with ASIA6203

Preliminary Reading

Watson, Burton, Early Chinese Literature, Columbia UP, 1962;

Mote, F.W., Intellectual Foundations of China, 2nd ed., Princeton UP, 1989.

Assumed Knowledge

Two ASIA coded courses amongst prerequisites.



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