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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Evaluate individual contributions towards our current understanding of the past.
- Critically assess the relationship between archaeological practice and archaeological thought.
- Understand principal themes, issues and debates in archaeology.
- Assess the theoretical underpinnings of archaeology and reflect on your own placement within these.
Indicative Assessment10-15 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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Workload130 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
Preliminary ReadingTrigger, B. 2006. A History of Archaeological Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Johnson, M. Archaeological Theory: An Introduction. 2nd Edition. Chichister: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|7948||22 Jul 2024||29 Jul 2024||31 Aug 2024||25 Oct 2024||In Person||N/A|