Faculty of Arts
|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Organisational Unit||School of Geography and Environmental Science|
|Offered||Clayton Second semester 2014 (Day)|
|Coordinator(s)||Professor Ian McNiven|
Previously coded GES3060
The subject critically examines the range of techniques and theoretical frameworks used by archaeologists to understand Australia's 50,000-year plus Indigenous history. The focus will be archaeological sites and debates associated with the interpretation of excavated cultural materials. Issues covered include the origins of the first Australians, processes of continental colonisation, responses to environmental change and sea level change, human environmental impacts, broad-scale social changes; and responses to Europeans on the colonial frontier. Students will also examine long-term changes in the development of trading networks, art, social organisation and burial practices.
The overarching aims are to provide students with a broad understanding of how archaeologists have constructed a long-term picture of Australia's Indigenous past. On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
Oral presentation (500 words):10%
Short paper related to seminar presentation (1000 words): 20%
Essay (3000 words):60%
Tutorial participation: 10%
3 hours (2 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week
A gateway unit in Ancient Cultures, Indigenous Cultures and Histories, Geography, climate and physical environments or permission of the unit coordinator.