DIGGING ARCHAEOLOGY

ARC2DIG

2016

Credit points: 15

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Subject outline

This subject presents an exploration of the historic and prehistoric past and the subsequent development of archaeological inquiry. Students will acquirefirst-hand experience about the challenges and limitations of archaeological data by excavating a simulated site located on the Bundoora campus. Working in teams students will excavate and record the site and its artefacts, sharing their findings with other teams in order to interpret how the site was formed and what took place there. By using their practical experience students will examine the methods and theories used to generate archaeological knowledge to critically evaluate the way archaeologists go about setting up research projects and collecting, analyzing and interpreting material remains.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorColin Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This is a new midpoint subject for the Major in Archaeology.

Learning resources

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsQuest for the Past: Great Discoveries in ArchaeologyPreliminaryFagan, Brian M.2ND EDITION, WAVELAND, 1994
ReadingsArchaeology: Theories, Methods and PracticeRecommendedColin Renfrew and Paul Bahn 6th Edition, Thames and Hudson,Paperback, 2012
ReadingsArchaeological InvestigationPrescribedMartin CarverRoutledge 2009, Taylor and Francis 2013

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Appreciate the range of past societies through studing their material remains, the range of responses to heritage in the present, and the role of archaeology in managing heritage

Activities:
Lecture presentation and tutorial discussion in teams of aspects of cultural variability of the material record across time and space, of situation where heritage values conflict, and of heritage legislation and professional codes of ethics, assessed in essay, assignments and exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)

02. Carry out independent research by locating relevant sources

Activities:
Essay and short assignments
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)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

03. Demonstrate ability to engage with peers in developing and expressing an argument clearly, developing ideas in teams convincingly, and with the use of appropriate evidence

Activities:
Producing short tutorial reports based in simulated excavations, developing strategies and teamwork
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)

04. Have an awareness of individual responsibilities as custodians of heritage, and of ways continuing involvement through avocational and professional societies

Activities:
Lecture presentation and tutorial discussion of archaeology's place in the community, assessed in essay and exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)

06. Individual contributions to the group in formulating a response to various archaeological questions

Activities:
In a team, carry out tutorial activities that focus on building appropriate responses to real and hypothetical archaeological case studies
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)

07. Investigate the various material culture correlates that identify various cultural historical groupings

Activities:
Use of case studies in tutorial activities, essay, short assignments, and exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

08. Write a medium length essay using the Harvard referencing system.

Activities:
Short tutorial assignments and 1800 word essay and essay outline with bibliography.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorColin Smith

Class requirements

Lecture/Film Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture/film per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1800-word essay45 01, 02, 04, 07, 08
Three 600-word reports on tutorial excavation simulations45 01, 03, 06, 07, 08
One 400-word short assignment 10 02, 07, 08