Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject presents an exploration of mankind's discovery of the historic and prehistoric past and the subsequent development of archaeological inquiry. We consider the intellectual impacts of great discoveries in the past, including the buried city of Pompeii, King Tut's tomb and the Royal Cemetery of Ur. We assess the wide array of remains available for archaeological analysis, in both the past and present. Students will learn the scientific basis from which archaeologists interpret the lives of past peoples. Archaeological insights are applied to current debates about the rise and fall of civilizations, and archaeological insights on modern society.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSteven Falconer

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

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Special conditions Core subject at first-year level in an Archaeology major for the ABA - Bachelor of Arts at the Melbourne campus and a cofre first year subject for the ABAR - Bachelor of Archaeology.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsArchaeology: the Science of the Human PastPrescribedSutton, M.Q. and Yohe, R.M3RD EDITION, PEARSON, 2008
ReadingsQuest for the Past: Great Discoveries in ArchaeologyPrescribedFagan, Brian M.2ND EDITION, WAVELAND, 1994

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSteven Falconer

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays at night from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
2 one-hour examinations (2400 word eq.)60
one 1200-word essay30
one 400-word essay outline10