Ancient Australia (ARCA2605)


Australia has been occupied by people for at least 50,000 years. During that period geographically varied cultural systems changed frequently, adjusting to the altered economic and social circumstances. By using archaeological, historical, climate and biological evidence we can understand aspects of these ancient societies, such as how their economies operated, and how people perceived their society and environment. This course traces the long history of humans in this continent, a surprising, remarkable story of culture change!

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Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture/week and 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x3500wd major Essay (70%), 2x 500wd Seminar Paper (30%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


12 junior credit points of Archaeology OR (6 junior credit points of Archaeology and ANHS1600 or ANHS1601 or ANTH1001 or ARHT1001 or HSTY1089)



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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.