Mobility and the Sedentary Transition (ARCA2634)


The unit provides an introduction to mobile communities including hunter-gatherers and pastoralists and the transition to sedentary community life over the past 10,000 years. An integrated global approach is applied to understanding the way mobile communities function and the material basis of the development of sedentary societies. The unit of study concludes with an analysis of the biological and social implications of sedentism.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x3500wd Essay with illustrations (60%), 1x1000wd-equivalent Tutorial presentation with visuals (30%) and Tutorial participation (10%)

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Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

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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