ANCIENT TECHNOLOGIES

ARC3ATE

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Much of the archaeological record is made up of stone tools and the debris from their manufacture and their analysis and interpretation touches on almost every aspect of archaeological theory and practice.  By studying stone artefacts archaeologists gain insights into the social and economic strategies of past societies and about the patterns of interaction between them.  To generate this information requires practical knowledge about how to identify, describe and analyse stone artefacts.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicola Stern

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must have completed at least 60 credit points (including ARC2DIG) or obtain the subject coordinators permission

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ARC2ANT

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsA Record in Stone: The Study of Australia's Flaked Stone Artefacts.PrescribedHoldaway, S.J. & Stern, N.ABORIGINAL STUDIES PRESS, CANBERRA AND MUSEUM VICTORIA, MELBOURNE. 2004
ReadingsLithics: Macroscopic Approaches to Analysis.RecommendedAndrefsky, W.CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, NEW YORK. SECOND EDITION. 2005

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply skills and knowledge in inquiry/research, critical thinking and creative problem solving to new interpretive frameworks as they are developed

Activities:
Foundations for achieving this goal are embedded in laboratory exercises, assignments and the final essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

02. Appraise different analytical and interpretive approaches and their application to specific data

Activities:
Research and write an essay that includes critical evaluation of the analytical and interpretive approaches applied to a specific context
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

03. Contribute to class discussions evaluating different approaches to the interpretation and analysis of artefacts

Activities:
Participation in the weekly laboratory discussions linking the attributes being identified on the artefacts to the information they can generate about past technology
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)

04. Evaluate different interpretations of change in the stone artefact record by investigating the theoretical and methodological approaches employed and the data presented in support of those interpretations

Activities:
Short assignment involving the analysis of a knapped assemblages and a medium length essay requiring the evaluation of current interpretations of change in the Australian stone artefact record
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)

05. Identify differences between different approaches to the study of Australian stone artefacts

Activities:
Research and write an essay in which specific archaeological evidence is used to support the argument presented
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

06. Identify the substantive differences between different approaches to the analysis and interpretation of artefact assemblages

Activities:
Research and write an essay that includes critical evaluation of different analytical and interpretive approaches
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

07. Work as a member of a team to acquire archaeological information

Activities:
During workshops discuss in groups the features of an artefact that led you to identify it
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Summer 3, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size50

Enrolment information logistics of lab work: in sufficient lab space, reference materials and sorting sets for more than 25 students each lab group is restricted to 25

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicola Stern

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 05 - 06
Ten 3.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 05 to week 06 and delivered via face-to-face.
"25 max per lab otherwise access to reference material and sorting sets is impossible "

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 05 - 06
Nine 1.5 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 05 to week 06 and delivered via online.

Lecture Week: 05 - 06
One 1.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 05 to week 06 and delivered via face-to-face.
"one introductory face to face lecture to be held at 9am on 29th January"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Essay (2,000-word equivalent)40 01, 02, 03, 05
Laboratory exercises (2,000-word equivalent)50 01, 03, 05, 07
On-line quizzes (500-word equivalent)10 03, 04, 05, 06