• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, History, European Studies, Heritage Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Catherine Frieman
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
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The first millennium CE was a turbulent period in western Eurasia: Empires formed and crumbled, new social formations emerged, new technologies were invented, and the seeds of the modern world were planted. In this course, students will explore the shifting social, political and ideological conformations of first millennium CE Europe through the lens of the archaeological record.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify and critically discuss key social, political, and cultural developments shaping first millennium CE Europe;
  2. recognise important sites and material culture and discuss them within larger technological, social and culture-historical contexts;
  3. analyse the key concepts, themes and narratives used to explain first millennium CE European societies;
  4. think, write and argue with these key concepts, themes and theories using supporting evidence from the archaeological record; and
  5. evaluate and compare key archaeological data and present them in writing, visually and orally.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Key site poster (800 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Group podcast proposal (1 page) (10) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  3. Personal podcast episode research status update (3 updates, 400 words max, 5% each) (15) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  4. Podcast episode (10 Minutes) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Group Podcast overview (1 page) (10) [LO 1,3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 18 hours of recorded lectures and other prepared online resources

b) 24 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities over 12 weeks

b) 88 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of 1000 level Archaeology (ARCH or PREH) courses or 6 units of 1000 level History (HIST) or Ancient History (ANCH) courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed PREH2037 or ARCH6037.

Prescribed Texts

Cunliffe, B.W. 2008. Europe between the oceans: themes and variations 9000 BC to AD 1000. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Cunliffe, B.W. 2017. By steppe, desert, and ocean: the birth of Eurasia. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4980
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
4159 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In-Person and Online View

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