Explanation and Theory in Archaeology (ARCA2635)


The unit provides an introduction to theory and explanation in archaeology. By exploring changes in archaeological thought over time, in a historical context, students will come to better understand the diversity of contemporary archaeological practice and the various ways in which archaeologists seek to explain past societies. This unit is compulsory for all students majoring in Archaeology and creates the foundation for their senior studies.

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Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x2500wd essay (50%), 1x1000wd in-class test (20%), 1x1000wd tutorial exercise (20%), tutorial participation (10%)

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.