• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology, Indigenous Australian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Duncan Wright
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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Australia has a unique and important human history. During a 50,000 year period geographically varied cultural systems formed across the continent, adjusting in response to social and environmental circumstances. First Australian's faced an Ice Age that lasted ten millennia and flooding events in which present-day Australia and Papua New Guinea separated from a vast super continent. Our Nations history is also unique because it draws upon the practice of archaeology and history, also the expertise of First Australian and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Each method of ‘history building’ produces, narrates and disseminates knowledge that intersects and diverges in ways that are both nuanced and complex. In this course you will learn about the long and continuing history of people on this continent while also being introduced to unique skill sets required should you wish to seek archaeology employment in Australia. In addition we will engage with different ways of understanding Australia’s story, resurrecting 'histories' from the various disciplines and knowledge systems.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand principal themes, issues and debates in Australian archaeology;
  2. develop skills required to work as an archaeologist in Australia (e.g. consultation with Traditional Custodians, site recording, preparation of grant applications and academic/ consultancy site reports); and
  3. familiarise yourself with the archaeologists role within a wider corpus of history building disciplines and systems.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Guided mini tutorial part 1: post discussion questions (x5, total 100 words) and focused readings (x2) on Wattle at least 4 days prior to the tutorial (5) [LO 1]
  2. Guided mini tutorial part 2: presentation of 10 minutes & coordinated discussion of 10 minutes (10) [LO 1]
  3. 1500 word Aboriginal Site Assessment Report (35) [LO 2]
  4. 2000 word essay (50) [LO 1,3]

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Workload

130 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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units in Archaeology (ARCH or PREH), or be currently studying the Australian Indigenous Studies major (AUIS-MAJ), or with permission of the convener. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed PREH2004 or ARCH6004.

Prescribed Texts

Hiscock, P. 2007 Archaeology of Ancient Australia.  London: Routledge.

Preliminary Reading

Cane, S. 2013. First Footprints. Allen and Unwin Press

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and 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). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4478 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

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