Faculty of Arts


Archaeology: Understanding the Past


This course is a survey of key methods and theories used to analyse and understand the human past. It includes an examination of current concepts in archaeological research and their place in the development of archaeological thought. The course is illustrated by examples taken from around the world with an emphasis on the Pacific, and it includes an introductory laboratory component and a consideration of heritage management within the context of New Zealand.

In addition to learning about the fascinating topic of archaeology, students will learn a number of practical skills including the ability to critically assess texts, quantitatively analyse data, synthesise and interpret results, and written and oral communication.

Availability 2019

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Professor Thegn Ladefoged


Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice by Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn (2016)


Coursework + exam


ANTHRO 200: 15.0 points


30 points in Anthropology or 60 points passed

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