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.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSteven Falconer

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites ARC1DAR


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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

Learning resources


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

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSteven Falconer

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

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


Assessment elementComments%
one 1-hour examination (1,000-word equivalent)20
one 2,500-word essay45
one 500-word equivalent A3 poster assignment30
submit three PeerWise multiple choice questions5