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Anthropology and Archaeology

Undergraduate studies

First Level (AGE1003) Modules (Offered in both semesters)

(AGE1501) Module 1: Introduction to archaeology

  • The scope, aims, and interdisciplinary nature of archaeological research, the nature of the archaeological record, locating and dating archaeological sites, the preservation and recovery of archaeological finds.

(AGE1601) Module 2: The prehistory of South Africa

  • Earlier and Middle Stone Age inhabitants, the Later Stone Age and the prehistory of the San, Khoekhoe herders at the Cape, the settlement and expansion of Iron Age farming communities, the later prehistory of the Nguni, the Sotho-Tswana and the Venda

Second Level (AGE2006) Modules: Year modules

(AGE2601) Module 1: Archaeological fieldwork techniques and analytical methods

  • The mapping and surveying of archaeological sites, excavation techniques, the recovery, conservation, classification and analysis of archaeological finds such as stone artefacts, ceramics, metal objects, glass beads, floral and faunal remains.

(AGE2701) Module 2: Archaeology and fossils: the study of human evolution

  • The theory of evolution, the principles of genetics, biological classification systems, the relation between humans and fossil and modern primates, the fossil evidence for human evolution, including the Australopithecinae, Homo habilis, Homo erectus, the Neandertals, archaic and anatomically modern Homo sapiens.

(AGE2602) Module 3: African archaeology

  • Africa’s Stone Age heritage and sequence, the emergence of early states in southern Africa (eg. Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe), early states in East Africa, ancient Egypt and Nubia.

Third Level (AGE300A) Modules: Year modules

(AGE3701) Module 1: The interpretation of archaeological data

  • Past and current theoretical perspectives, archaeology and gender studies, ethnoarchaeology and experimental studies, the reconstruction and interpretation of prehistoric economic systems, diets, settlement patterns, social and political organisation and religion, explaining culture change in prehistory.

(AGE3702) Module 2: Applied archaeology: heritage conservation, cultural resource management and archaeotourism

  • Heritage legislation and conservation, cultural resource management, archaeotourism, contract archaeology, archaeology and education, archaeology and the community, archaeology and the public, archaeology as a profession.

(AGE3703) Module 3: World prehistory

  • The spread of early human populations throughout the world, the archaeological evidence for the advent and development of food production in various parts of the world, the origin and development of complex societies (cities, states, and civilisations) in, inter alia, Europe, Asia and Mesoamerica.

(AGE3704) Module 4: Prehistoric rock art

  • Introducing the rock art of Africa, dating and interpreting San rock art, the rock art of southern Africa’s Iron Age farmers, the Upper Palaeolithic art of western Europe, the rock art of Australia and North America.