World Archaeology

World archaeology from the emergence of culture to the first cities, including the Pacific region.

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Course outline

A survey of world archaeology from the emergence of culture over two million years ago to the first cities, including coverage of the Pacific region. Topics and regions covered include: the archaeology of human evolution, development of food production, first settlement of the Americas, Australia and the Pacific, development of social complexity and the origins of the state with reference to developments in the Near East, Mesoamerica and China. The course concludes with examination of the prehistory of the Pacific.

Terms & Conditions

This programme gives you the opportunity to attend regular lectures in a selection of courses, alongside enrolled students as an observer. Please note that you are not eligible to attend tutorials, take part in assessments, sit for exams and will not have access to course material online.

You will be provided with a course outline to keep you up to date with the topics discussed in class every week. This is a no-stress learning opportunity.


  • 3 March - 4 June 2021, Wednesday and Friday 11am - 12pm
  • $355.00 incl. GST
  • The University of Auckland, City Campus
  • Presented by Professor Peter Sheppard

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