Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides an introduction to the theories and methods of archaeological fieldwork. Working in a blended learning environment, students will engage with the history and development of archaeological fieldwork around the world - with a particular focus upon Australia. We will examine the archaeological process - from the formation of archaeological sites over time, to their excavation, the analysis and interpretation of the data that archaeologists recover, and finally the dissemination of that information. This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKeir Strickland

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have completed 60cp and must be admitted in the ABARC, ABA, SZAS, AZAHS, LZCOMA, LWLAT and have completed ARC1THJ and ARC1CIV OR require subject coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsARC1DAR

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Appreciate the range of past societies through the study of their material remains, the range of innovative responses to heritage in the present, and to develop new ideas about solving archaeological problems in the field (as part of a team and the role of archaeology in managing heritage (individually in their significance assessment)
02. Practice independent research skills in changing environments, by transferring discipline-specific skills to the broader field of heritage management, learning to negotiate the complex and fluid relationships between research, conservation, legislation and stakeholder engagement
03. Develop and express an argument clearly, developing and managing new ideas in teams convincingly, and with the use of appropriate methods and evidence
04. Demonstrate an awareness of individual responsibilities as custodians of heritage, and of ways continuing involvement through avocational and professional societies and promote volunteering on projects
05. Engage with peers in effective communication to formulate appropriate responses to various archaeological questions and challenges, providing students with the opportunity to generate new ideas and innovative methods through practical activities and analysis of data
06. Investigate the various material culture correlates that identify various cultural historical groupings providing students with the basic groundwork from which they can develop their ideas and discuss new technological advances in the field

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKeir Strickland

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Tutorials delivered via zoom due to covid-19"

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
Four 0.50 h unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Short pre-recorded online video lectures are studied at the students' convenience each week ahead of a face-to-face tutorial"


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Written Essay (1200 words)N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO6
Creative research communication (2000-word equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5, SILO6
Online quizzes (800 word equivalent).N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO6