Archaeology at the Northern Territory University: An introduction

23rd May 2014

Peter Hiscock and Ian Walters


Archaeology has been taught at the Northern Territory University (NTU) since the formation of the university two years ago. In 1987 Ian Walters was employed by the University College of the Northern Territory to initiate undergraduate courses in archaeology, based on the existing curricula of Queensland University. Peter Hiscock was hired in 1988 to increase the scope of archaeological offerings, and soon after the University College was converted into a small independent university. The first MA and PhD students in archaeology were enrolled in 1989 and in July 1990 archaeology staff and students moved into the newly constructed facilities. During 1989 and 1990 archaeology at NTU gathered momentum. This dynamism can be seen in the dramatic growth in student numbers. First year students increased from just over 50 in 1988 to more than 160 in early 1991. During the same period post-graduate students were enrolled for the first time, and in 1991 there are six post-graduate and four honours students researching degrees in archaeology/material culture. The purpose of this paper is to describe the teaching and researching of archaeology in Darwin.

*Note that an abstract was not included with this paper, and so the introductory paragraph has been included here instead of the abstract.

Archaeology at the Northern Territory University: An introduction
June 1991
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