• Offered by
  • ANU College
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The course provides an introduction to frameworks of archaeological science, namely how different lines of archaeological evidence are derived and interpreted. The course introduces the student to the intellectual roots of modern archaeology, with a specific focus upon the influences of different sciences (eg, biological, earth, material and social sciences). For example, several core concepts within archaeology have been ‘borrowed’ from different disciplines, including evolution, stratigraphy, taxonomic classification, interactions between the human species and the environment, and so on. Further, for each subject area, the course highlights the different ways in which the same lines of evidence are interpreted within archaeological discourse.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand how different lines of archaeological evidence are derived and interpreted;
  2. Critically analyse key debates within archaeological science;
  3. Develop a critical stance in order to assess interpretative claims which are based upon various lines of archaeological evidence; and
  4. Engage in constructive debate regarding issues in archaeological science

Indicative Assessment

Powerpoint presentations (1) 15% In class (10 minutes) LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Powerpoint presentations (2) 15% In class (10 minutes) LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Essay (1) 15% (1500 word) LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Essay (2) 15% (1500 word) LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Academic poster and presentation 30% (10 minutes) LO: 1, 2, 3

Reading logs 10% (3900 words) LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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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 seminars; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Prescribed Texts

Dawkins, R. 2009 The Greatest Show on Earth: the evidence for evolution. Bantam Press: London.

Gamble, C. 2008 Archaeology:The Basics. 2nd edition. Routledge: London.

Turney, C. 2006 Bones, Rocks and Stars. The Science of when Things Happened.


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