Archaeology and ancient history - XM0169

Archaeology and ancient history

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What is archaeology and ancient history?

Archaeology and ancient history focuses on the ancient Mediterranean world and Indigenous Australian studies. You’ll examine historical texts, literature and material records – such as ancient sites, monuments, art and objects – to understand how people lived, how their culture developed and what their beliefs were.

Why study archaeology and ancient history?

You’ll learn about the first Australians and how their past contributes to our nation’s enduring heritage. You’ll investigate how the Mediterranean served as the birthplace of many influential ancient cultures, and you’ll become familiar with how these cultures have contributed to the intellectual development of the western world.

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This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 8 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.

What a week: Archaeology and ancient history

In our Monash Arts 'What a Week' series, two year 12 students hear from an industry practitioner about where an Archaeology and ancient history major can take them.

Career options

  • Heritage management
  • Conservation
  • Consultancy
  • Research
  • Documentary production
  • Tourism Museum/gallery curating

Overseas opportunities

The Centre for Ancient Cultures participates in a number of archaeological research projects about the ancient world from Amarna, Egypt to Pasargadae, Iran.