AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS ARCHAEOLOGY

ARC2AIA

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students take a journey through 40,000 years of Indigenous settlement in Australia. A series of major themes, including the first settlement of different parts of the continent, interactions with and adaptations to varied and changing environments, technological choices and patterns of economy and land use will be addressed. Particular case studies will be used to focus on evaluating the available archaeological and ethnohistorical information and the way it has been used to provide insights into past ways of life.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRichard Cosgrove

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites ARC1DAR

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at second-year level for ABAR and the Archaeology major in the ABA.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsArchaeology of ancient Australia,PrescribedHiscock, P.ROUTLEDGE 2008
ReadingsArchaeology of Aboriginal Australia,PreliminaryMurray, T.ALLEN AND UNWIN 1998
ReadingsPrehistory of Australia,RecommendedMulvaney, J. & Kamming, J.ALLEN AND UNWIN 1999

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Building strong team communication and effective interaction between individuals while assessing various archaeological data sets

Activities:
Presentation by individuals of the results of group/team discussions after the analysis of Indigenous material culture. One 500-word equivalent A3 poster assignment 30%
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking
Critical Thinking
Inquiry/ Research
Teamwork
Life-Long Learning

02. Demonstrate knowledge of the cultural values, awareness and sensitivities towards Indigenous Australians and their archaeological materials across the continent. Appreciate and be sensitive to cross-cultural protocols and language and be able to deal with unfamiliar situations

Activities:
Exposure through discussion and debate in role play, particularly in the areas of ownership of the past and its interpretation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Speaking
Life-Long Learning
Ethical & Cultural Awareness
Creative Problem-solving

03. Identify differences between types of Aboriginal archaeological materials and access the variability within and between them

Activities:
Choose an Australian archaeological sites and identify the various archaeological components in layers including chronology, taphonomy, and write an interpretation of the evidence. One 500-word equivalent A3 poster assignment 30%
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving
Inquiry/ Research
Writing
Critical Thinking
Teamwork

04. Interpret temporal and spatial changes in cultural material from a variety of site types

Activities:
Workshop analysis of lithic artefacts and organic remains from a range of archaeological contexts and sites. Submit three PeerWise multiple choice questions 5%
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking
Teamwork
Creative Problem-solving
Critical Thinking
Inquiry/ Research

05. Use archaeological materials such as bones & stone artefacts to compile a simple database for analysis

Activities:
Laboratory exercises on the identification of animal bones and categories of stone artefacts. One 500-word equivalent A3 poster assignment 30%
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking
Teamwork
Inquiry/ Research

06. Write a report using the Harvard referencing system linked to the oral presentation

Activities:
One 2500-word essay 45%
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking
Creative Problem-solving
Writing

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