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Archaeology is the study of past human activities emphasising interpretations of material evidence. By excavating the physical remains of people, the places they lived, and the objects they made and used, archaeologists gain knowledge of human history and prehistory.

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Anthropology is the study of cultural differences and similarities in a globalised world. Anthropology is uniquely placed to interpret the widest range of contemporary social phenomena.

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Biological anthropology is the branch of anthropology that focuses on the evolutionary and biological aspects: Homo sapiens as a species - human populations as varied and dynamically changing sets of biological individuals, adaptable but also vulnerable to ever-changing circumstances.

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Development studies

The School of Archaeology and Anthropology contributes to the teaching of Development Studies across ANU through an undergraduate program offering a specialist Bachelor of Development Studies degree.

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