Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Our ancestors neither looked, or behaved, like us. This subject introduces our tool-using ancestors, the worlds they inhabited and the activities in which they engaged. We investigate the way in which archaeologists build a picture of the remote past from the bits of broken-up animal bones and chipped stone tools that survive in the archaeological record. This provides a springboard for discussing current understanding of the changes in technology, diet, social organisation and cognition that characterised our evolutionary story. We have a particular interest in the origin of our own species and in the establishment of modern cognition and behaviour.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicola Stern

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at first-year level in ABAR - Bachelor of Archaeology.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe Human PastPrescribedScarre, C. (ed.)2ND EDITION, THAMES AND HUDSON 2009
ReadingsHuman Evolution: an illustrated introductionRecommendedLewin, R.5TH EDITIONN, BLACKWELL SCIENCE 2005

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Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicola Stern

Class requirements

Lecture/Film Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture/film per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
nine on-line assignments (1,500-words equivalent)25
one 1,500-word essay40
one 1-hour examination (1,000 words equivalent)35