PRACTICAL ARCHAEOLOGY

ARC4PRA

2018

Credit points: 30

Subject outline

Students focus on the techniques of field archaeology and concentrate on acquiring skills used in the survey and recording of archaeological sites and landscapes. Approaches to site excavation are also considered and assessed. Students will be introduced to a range of methods including tape and compass, theodolites and global positioning systems. Emphasis is placed on the building of interpretive links between teamwork, theory and fieldwork.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorMatthew Meredith-Williams

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in one of the folloing courses: AHAR - Bachelor of Archaeology Honours or AHA - Bachelor of Arts Honours

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ARC5PRA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Must be specializing in Archaeology.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe archaeologist's field handbookPrescribedBurke, H. and Smith, C.ALLEN AND UNWIN 2004
ReadingsArchaeology in practice: a student guide to archaeological analysesRecommendedBalme, J. and Paterson, A.BLACKWELL 2006
ReadingsThe archaeological laboratory:the analysis of archaeological data.RecommendedBanning, E.B.KLUWER ACADEMIC 2000.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop a self-conscious critique of fieldwork strategies, recording, self and others

Activities:
Draw a site plan, contours and mapping of cultural features to include a draw a cross section showing the topography of the area, create a contour map and plot cultural features within the area. 1,000-word map exercise 30%
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Speaking (Speaking)

02. Develop effective team work skills through clear communication, organisation of tasks and responsibilities

Activities:
Carry out ground surveys in a team and organise logistics, equipment and direct team members to carry out specific tasks to accomplished the aims. 1,000-word map exercise 30%
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

03. Understand how research programs are designed and developed

Activities:
The task is to use survey transects to discover archaeological sites and to discuss their relationship to landforms. 1,000-word survey exercise 30%
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Teamwork (Teamwork)

04. Write up a major report on the survey of archaeological material and its spatial distribution

Activities:
2,000-word research essay 40%
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Off Campus

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMatthew Meredith-Williams

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 31 - 31
One 8.0 hours block mode per day on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 31 and delivered via face-to-face.
"One 3-hour seminar in the first week of semester and one 10-day off campus field school"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 1,500-word survey report30 02
one 2,500-word essay40 04
one mapping exercise (1,500-word equivalent)30 01, 03