People have occupied Australia for at least 50,000 years. During that period geographically varied cultural systems changed frequently, adjusting to the altered economic and social circumstances. By using archaeological, historical, climate and biological evidence we can understand aspects of these ancient societies, such as how their economies operated, and how people perceived their society and environment. This course traces the long history of people on this continent. It also introduces you to unique skill sets required to work as an archaeologist in Australia.
Fieldwork Component Information: This course requires travel outside of the ACT. Students will only be permitted to travel upon completion of ANU required travel documentation and the approval of all documentation by the relevant delegate. Applicants are advised that due to circumstances beyond the University's control it may not be possible for students to commence or complete the fieldwork, in which case an alternative lesson plan will be arranged to fulfill the course requirements.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand principal themes, issues and debates in Australian archaeology;
- familiarise yourself with community (including Aboriginal) consultation;
- develop skills required to work as an archaeologist in Australia including preparation of grant applications and academic/ consultancy reports; and
- record sites using an “Aboriginal Site Impact Recording Form”.
Other InformationStudents will have the opportunity to complete an optional/ungraded fieldwork portfolio - Literature review for field research area (Burrill Lakes).
Indicative AssessmentGroup assignment: design and coordinate a mini tutorial on a topic of student interest (15%), Learning Outcome 1, comprising:
- post discussion questions (x5, total 100 words) and focused readings (x2) on Wattle at least 4 days prior to the tutorial (5%); and
- presentation of 10 minutes & coordinated discussion of 10 minutes (10%)”
2000 word essay (50%) Learning Outcome 1
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 57 hours of contact consisting of:
24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials over 12 weeks, and
21 hours over three days (field-trip); and
b) 73 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsHiscock, P. 2007 Archaeology of Ancient Australia. London: Routledge.
Cane, S. 2013. First Footprints. Allen and Unwin Press
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