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 theory and fieldwork.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorJillian Garvey

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


Incompatible subjects ARC5PRA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Must be specializing in Archaeology.

Learning resources


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.

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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-ordinatorSteven Falconer

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 31 - 31
One 3.0 hours seminar other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 31 and delivered via blended.
"One 3-hour seminar in the first week of semester and one 10-day off campus field school"


Assessment elementComments%
one 1,500-word survey report30
one 2,500-word essay40
one mapping exercise (1,500-word equivalent)30