An archaeological perspective on cultural change in the Pacific Islands, including New Zealand, from earliest human settlement until the early colonial era.
The settlement of the Pacific represents the greatest maritime migration in human
history, covering a third of the surface of the globe. Human activity in the region
also covers an extraordinarily long period of over 45,000 years. The aim of this course
is to acquaint students with the archaeological history of the Pacific, from the first
arrival of people in Australia and Papua New Guinea to the colonisation of New Zealand.
During the course we will outline the sequence of human settlement and examine some
of the major issues in contemporary Pacific research.
Topics covered include the voyaging and exploration strategies leading to island discovery and settlement; the development of Pacific economies and social systems; and how these were transformed during the colonisation of ever more remote islands. We will also examine the effects of human colonisation on Pacific environments, including landscape modifications, introductions of new plants and animals, and extinctions.
|Paper title||Pacific and New Zealand Archaeology|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- One of ARCH 101, ANTH 103, ANTH 104, ANTH 106, or 54 points
- ARCH 204
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- Suitable for undergraduates interested in the human and environmental history of the Pacific region.
- Teaching staff
- Convenor: Dr Tim Thomas
- Teaching Arrangements
- Lectures and tutorials
- Patrick V. Kirch. 2000. On the Road of the Winds: An Archaeological History of the Pacific Islands Before European Contact. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- Course outline
- Available at the first lecture and on Blackboard.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Cultural understanding, Information
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- Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the timing and pattern of human settlement in the Pacific region
- Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the cultural sequences of the major Pacific regions, and the adaptations made to the variety of environmental conditions encountered