Fall 2021 - ARCH 321 D100

Special Topics: Select Regions in World Archaeology I (3)

Class Number: 8023

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    BLU 10021, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 9, 2021
    9:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 272W or 273 or by permission of instructor. Other prerequisites may be required, but will vary according to topic.



An overview of culture history and methodological/theoretical issues for a specific region of the world. Variable units: 3, 4, 5.


Africa is home to many formative developments of humanity yet ironically, it has been marginalized and considered a backwater of cultural development. This course presents a critical overview of major cultural developments in Africa from the origin of humans to the rise of ancient civilisations, with emphasis on ancient Egypt. Students are exposed to various approaches taken by palaeoanthropologists, prehistoric archaeologists, historians and Egyptologists in the study of Africa.


  • Research Paper 60%
  • Mid-Term Exam 20%
  • Final Take-Home Exam 20%



Bard, K.A. 2015. An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt. 2nd Edition. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

*Available online via SFU Library

Phillipson, D.W. 2005. African Archaeology. 3rd Edition. Cambridge University Press.

*Available online via SFU Library


Ikram, S. 2010. Ancient Egypt: An Introduction. Cambridge University Press.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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