The study of Ancient Civilisation at Flinders involves an examination pf the development of cities and urban lining 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 associate 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 urbal 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 at Flinders include:
ARCH1002: From the Palaeolithic to Pompeii: An Exploration of World Archaeology
ARCH1005: Cultural Anthropology
ARCH1006: Sex, Death and Ritual in the Ancient World
ARCH2211: Ships and seafaring in the Indian Ocean
ARCH3109: Society and Environment in Prehistory
ARCH3204: Archaeology of Native North America
EASC2702: Global Climate Change
ENVS2742: Environment, Economy and Culture
ENVS3781: Population and Environment
ENVS3791: Coastal Environments
GEOG1001: Water Resources and Society
GEOG1002: Cities, Society and Environment
GEOG2722: Society and Space
HIST2002: Colonies, Empires and Revolution: North America 1500-1800
HIST3006: Imperialism and its Discontents: Empires Ancient and Modern
SOCI1010: Sociology of Everyday Life
SOCI2002: Love, Death and Power: An Introduction to Classical Social Theory
SOCI2018: Cultural Sociology
SOCI3008: Knowing the Social World
SOCI3053: Economic Life
The following electives are available at the University of Adelaide:
ANTH1104: Culture and Society: Foundations of Antropology
ANTH1105: Anthropology of Everyday Life
ANTH2053: Life, Death and Culture
ANTH3100: Anthropology Today: Experience, Power, Practice

For more information about studying Ancient civilisations at Flinders please contact Professor Donald Pate or Dr Martin Polkinghorne.
Student access to topics addressing ancient Greek and Roman civilisations is available through the Department of Archaeology's collaborative relationship with Classics at the University of Adelaide.