DIGGING ARCHAEOLOGY: AN INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION
Credit points: 15
This hands-on subject provides an introduction to practical archaeological methods and techniques in both the field and the laboratory . Working through a simulated archaeological excavation, students will be introduced to t he methods and techniques of archaeological fieldwork. Working in small groups students will excavate and record simulated sites and their artefacts, sharing their findings with other teams in order to interpret how people lived on these sites in the past. 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, analysing and interpreting material remains. This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential.
SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorKeir Strickland
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Available as ElectiveNo
Learning ActivitiesOnline materials, practical activities and tutorial discussion in teams regarding aspects of cultural variability of the material record across time and space, of situations where heritage values conflict, and of heritage legislation and professional codes of ethics, assessed through online quizzes.
Prerequisites Must have completed 60cp and must be admitted in the ABARC, ABA, SZAS, AZAHS, LZCOMA, LWLAT and have completed ARC1THJ or HUS1THJ and ARC1CIV OR require subject coordinator's approval
Quota Management StrategyN/A
Quota-conditions or rulesN/A
Minimum credit point requirementN/A
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
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKeir Strickland
PracticalWeek: 36 - 39
Four 6.00 h practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 36 to week 39 and delivered via face-to-face.
Practicals taught in outdoor archaeology teaching area in Weeks 7-10 of the semester
SeminarWeek: 31 - 31
One 1.00 h seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 31 and delivered via face-to-face.
This is a briefing workshop to set-up the subject's unusual structure
SeminarWeek: 42 - 42
One 1.00 h seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 42 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
This is a concluding seminar to review the results of the excavations, and the students' experience of the subject.
Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 32 - 35
Four 2.50 h unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 32 to week 35 and delivered via online.
Online lectures are studied at the students convenience during weeks 2-6 inclusive.
Fieldwork report (1000-word equivalent) Site report developed by the student to record practical work over a series of tutorials, then written up at the end of the subject.
|Report||Individual||No||25||SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO6, SILO7|
Field diary & formal records (2000-word equivalent) Field diary written during practical tutorials in Weeks 7-10
|Other||Individual||No||50||SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO6, SILO7|
Online quizzes (1000 word equivalent). These follow the unscheduled online classes in Weeks 2-6, inclusive.
|Quizzes||Individual||No||25||SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO7|