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Course Overview

There's more to East Asian Archaeology than Terracotta Warriors and the Great Wall! From late Pleistocene Hunter-Gatherers to the formation of States and Empires, this course provides an introduction to the archaeology of China, Korea, Mongolia, and Japan, focusing on the origins of agriculture, it's consequences and the development of complex societies in this region.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Joshua Wright

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The territories of China, Korea, Mongolia, and Japan have formed a complex interaction sphere for thousands of years. This course offers a chronological survey covering the Holocene to the Early Medieval empires and offers an introduction to the archaeological data and models of society key to understanding the last 10,000 years in East Asia. Main foci will include the origins of agriculture and its consequences, the development of hierarchy and complex societies during the Neolithic and Bronze Age, regional interactions, and the roots and definition of the East Asian cultures we know today.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

  • In-class quizzes (20%)
  • Data analysis report (30%)
  • Essay (35%)
  • Tutorial participation (15%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Assignments will all be evaluated with reference to the CGS. Written assignments (65%) will be evaluated and responded to individually through My Aberdeen along with specific notes alongside the written text itself (on PDF copies, submitted via Turnitin). Students work will be returned to them within 3 weeks or sooner. Quizzes (20%) will be directly marked and returned to the students during the next teaching session. Continuous evaluation of participation during tutorials, distance learning seminars, group work and discussions (15%) will take place throughout the course. Students will be able to request the state of their participation marking and advice how to improve it at any time during the semester. A written report on their overall participation (with grade) will be provided at the end of the course. All feedback will be provided through My Aberdeen.

Course Learning Outcomes


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