The study of ancient civilisations at Flinders involves an examination of the development of cities and urban living worldwide. Cultural and environmental processes related to the emergence of social complexity and urbanisation are examined for various global regions. Archaeological case studies are employed to address similarities and differences associated with the evolution of complex societies.

Students studying ancient civilisations will examine the development of agriculture from ca 11,000 – 5000 years ago and its impact on the emergence of urban life worldwide. Archaeological research in this area will employ case studies from the following regions and associated modern countries:

Mesopotamia/Tigris-Euphrates River System (Iraq, Syria, Kuwait, Turkey, Iran)
Levant: Eastern Mediterranean/Southwest Asia (Palestine, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Syria)
Yangtze and Yellow River Basins (China)
The Indus Valley (India, Afghanistan, Pakistan)
Mesoamerica (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras)
South America (Chile, Peru, Ecuador)
Eastern United States
Sub-Saharan Africa (Ethiopia, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana, Mali)
Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam)

Dedicated topics related to the study of Ancient Civilisations include:

ARCH1002: From the Palaeolithic to Pompeii: An Exploration of World Archaeology
ARCH1006: Sex, Death and Ritual in the Ancient World
ARCH2214: Europe Before Europe: From Mesolithic to Medieval
ARCH2216: Seafaring in the Ancient World
ARCH3109: Environmental Archaeology
ARCH3204: Archaeology of Native North America

For more information about studying Ancient civilisations at Flinders please contact Professor Donald Pate Dr Martin Polkinghorne or Dr Ania Kotarba-Morley.

Student access to topics addressing ancient Greek and Roman civilisations is available through the Archaeology's collaborative relationship with the Department of Classics, Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Adelaide.