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ANTH203 Asian Archaeology

The development of human culture in this area from 10,000 BC to 1,000 AD.

We take a journey through Asia's past by focusing on this region's fascinating archaeology. The paper provides a comprehensive look at the archaeology of mainland East and South East Asia, as well as Island South East Asia, following the footsteps of early people to the rise of the ancient states and dynasties.

Paper title Asian Archaeology
Paper code ANTH203
Subject Anthropology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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One of ANTH 103, ANTH 104, ANTH 106, ARCH 101 or 54 points
ARCH 203
Schedule C
Arts and Music

Teaching staff

Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Anne Ford

Contributing Lecturer: Professor Glenn Summerhayes

Teaching Arrangements
Lectures and tutorials

There is no textbook. A comprehensive list of readings will be provided each year.

Course outline

Will be available on Blackboard at the beginning of the course.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Cultural understanding, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes

Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of the major changes in East and South East Asia's past including:

  • The development of the Neolithic, and its impact on the rise of social complexity and subsequent state formation in China, Korea, Japan, and the states of South East Asia
  • The impact of ancient China on Asia as a whole
  • The development of regional archaeology
  • The beginnings of state formation leading to the mosaic of cultures we see today

Students will also develop their analytical abilities in undertaking research into the region's past by the use of past primary and secondary records to construct arguments articulating these to demonstrate an argument within structured written works.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 10:00-10:50 29-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
A2 Monday 14:00-14:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
A3 Thursday 11:00-11:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40