- Code ARCH3028
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Archaeology
- Areas of interest Anthropology, Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Classics and Ancient History , Forensic Anthropology
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
The course investigates how and why people have, throughout most of human history, buried their dead. We will examine the origins of burial more than 20,000 years ago and discuss the social and ideological reasons for different treatments of the dead prior to, and during burial. We will explore topics such as gender, ancestor worship and sacrifice, and investigate how modern scientific techniques are also enabling archaeologists to identify patterns of human migration and interaction.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- explain the significant changes that occurred in human social and ideological behaviour implied by the emergence of human burial in the Late Pleistocene;
- assess the relevance of body placement and orientation in burials;
- explain the importance of various beliefs in the afterlife in defining treatment of the dead; and
- investigate and interpret the roles that certain aspects of society and culture such as status, rank, power, gender and kinship are ascribed in burial traditions and interpreted by archaeologists.
- Tutorial tasks: Two short powerpoint presentations including discussion (1000 words maximum or equivalent) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Mortuary Analysis Task, 2000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Argumentative Essay, 2000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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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 seminars; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
No prescribed text required
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