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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. An equally broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches is employed to generate the information needed to answer these questions. 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 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

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Prerequisites Enrolment in the Masters by Coursework in Archaeology


Incompatible subjects ARC2ANT, ARC3ANT

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsA Record in Stoner: The Study of Australia's Flaked Stone ArtefactsPrescribedHoldaway, S.J. and Stern, N.ABORIGINAL STUDIES PRESS AND MUSEUM VICTORIA 2004
ReadingsLithics: Macroscopic Approaches to Analysis,RecommendedAndrefsky, W.2ND EDN, CUP 2005

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