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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand principal themes, issues and debates in Australian archaeology;
- 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
- familiarise yourself with the archaeologists role within a wider corpus of history building disciplines and systems.
- 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]
- Guided mini tutorial part 2: presentation of 10 minutes and coordinated discussion of 10 minutes (10) [LO 1]
- Aboriginal Site Assessment Report (1500 words) (35) [LO 2]
- Essay (2000 words) (50) [LO 1,3]
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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.
Preliminary ReadingCane, S. 2013. First Footprints. Allen and Unwin Press
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