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ANTH216 Archaeology of the Modern World

Archaeological analysis of the emergence of a globalised modern world since ca. 1500 AD, with consideration of issues including colonialism, culture contact, missionisation, diaspora, ethnicity, class, gender and indigeneity.

What is 'modernity' and how did the 'modern world' come into being? This paper answers these questions through examination of both the archaeological and historical records of the period since c. 1500 CE, with consideration of issues including culture contact, colonialism, missionisation, diaspora, ethnicity, class, gender and indigeneity.

This introduction to the field of historical archaeology provides a new way of looking at the origins of the society that we live in today. As well as lectures and guided reading on this subject, practical classes introduce students to some of the skills required for working in historical archaeology, which is one of the major areas of employment for archaeology graduates in New Zealand.

Paper title Archaeology of the Modern World
Paper code ANTH216
Subject Anthropology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,080.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,858.95

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One of ARCH 101, ANTH 103, ANTH 104, ANTH 106, or 54 points
ANTH 317, ARCH 202
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited together with ARCH 210 passed in 2013.
Suitable for students in any subject.
Teaching staff

To be advised

Teaching Arrangements

Taught via lectures and practicals


Course readings are provided through eReserve on Blackboard.

Course outline

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

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
An in-depth knowledge of how historical archaeology is conducted and what it has contributed to our understanding of the modern world.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 11:00-12:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38
A2 Thursday 11:00-12:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39