Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Stone tools and the debris from their manufacture make up the bulk of the Australian archaeological record and their analysis and interpretation touches on almost every aspect of archaeological theory and practice. A broad range of problems is investigated through the study of stone artefacts: questions about the social and economic strategies of past societies and about the patterns of interaction between them. Implementing these approaches is a daunting task without some practical knowledge about how to identify, describe and analyse stone artefacts and one of the aims of this subject is to show how this is done

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicola Stern

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of Archaeology subjects or Coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjects ARC3ANT

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


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

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicola Stern

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
Essay (1,800-word equivalent)40
Knapping assignment (200-word equivalent)10
Laboratory exercises (1,800-word equivalent)40
Practical exam (200-word equivalent)10