• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Mathieu Leclerc
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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From ancient Greece to 20th century Australia, there has been a desire to understand our ancestors. This course explores major developments that have shaped archaeology as a discipline around the world. We will travel from the time of 'Antiquarians' in 16th century England, through discovery of ancient human bones in Africa and ruins of famous sites and vanished civilisations in America, Australia and Europe. This course will also explore tipping points in archaeological theory and assess how these have influenced current perspectives on the past. Tutorials will focus on the contribution of individuals to the practice and interpretation of archaeology.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1.  Evaluate individual contributions towards our current understanding of the past.
  2. Critically assess the relationship between archaeological practice and archaeological thought.
  3. Understand principal themes, issues and debates in archaeology.
  4. Assess the theoretical underpinnings of archaeology and reflect on your own placement within these.

Indicative Assessment

10-15 minute small group oral presentation (10%, Learning outcome 1) (supplemented by a 400 word plan outlining group members contribution).

10-15 minute individual oral presentation 10% Learning outcome 1)(supplemented by a 400 word summary).

1500 word essay (20%; Learning outcome 1-2).

2500 word essay (60%; Learning outcome 3-4)

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARCH2006 / ARCH6006.

Preliminary Reading

Trigger, B. 2006. A History of Archaeological Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Johnson, M. Archaeological Theory: An Introduction. 2nd Edition. Chichister: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.


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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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6372 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person View

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