Archaeology of the Modern World

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Archaeology of the Modern World

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    One of ARCH 101, ANTH 103, ANTH 104, ANTH 106, or 54 points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    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.

    This introduction to the field of historical archaeology provides a new way of looking at the origins of the society we live in today. As well as lectures and guided reading on this subject, laboratory 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.

    Teaching Arrangements
    Taught via lectures and tutorials

    Learning Outcomes
    An in-depth knowledge of how historical archaeology is conducted and what it has contributed to our understanding of the modern world.

    Most required reading is from journal articles and book chapters available electronically through the library.

    Recommended: Cambell, M., Holdaway, S. and Macready, S. (eds.) 2013 Finding Our Recent Past: Historical Archaeology in New Zealand

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