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Africa preserves the longest and most complete record of human history. Not only was it the birthplace of humanity, but it also preserves a record of all the critical transformations that have shaped the modern world. African Archaeology reviews current understanding of the narrative and dynamics of the earliest phases of humanity and the trajectories that helped shape modern Africa. Specific topics discussed include the earliest human ancestors and their archaeological traces, the origin of modern humans, the emergence of plant and animal domestication, the introduction of iron-smelting and the establishment of complex societies.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicola Stern

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

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Prerequisites Must be enrolled in the AMA - Master of Archaeology by coursework


Incompatible subjects ARC2AFR, ARC3AFR, ARC2PAL, ARC3PAL

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Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe First Africans: African Archaeology from the Earliest Toolmakers to the Most Recent ForagesPrescribedBarham, L. & Mitchell, P.CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2008
ReadingsAfrican archaeology: a critical introductionRecommendedStahl, A.BLACKWELL 2005
ReadingsForgotten Africa: an introduction to its archaeologyPreliminaryConnah, G.ROUTLEDGE 2004

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