Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to the field and laboratory management and analysis of archaeological artefacts in Australia through the detailed study of stone artefacts. The subject features practical hands-on classes focusing upon the identification of materials, the recording and analysis of artefacts, and the cataloguing and management of archaeological assemblages. Students will learn industry standards of best practice for artefact handling, cataloguing, and data management, as well as engaging with the theoretical underpinnings of material culture and what that tells us about humanity.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicola Stern

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesLaboratory based exercises, quizzes, essay and class discussion

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have completed 180 credit points, and must be admitted in the ABARC, ABA, SZAS, AZAHS, LZCOMA, LWLAT and have completed ARC1THJ or HUS1THJ, ARC1CIV, ARC2DIG and ARC2LAN; OR require subject coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Archaeology in Practice: A Student Guide to

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorBalme & Patterson



PublisherWiley Blackwell


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

The Archaeologist's Field Handbook

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorBurke, Morrison, & Smith


Edition/Volume2nd edition

PublisherAllen & Unwin


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/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

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify and record the most common stone artefacts found in the Australian archaeological record
02. Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical and analytical approaches used to construct and interpret archaeological data
03. Demonstrate knowledge of the elements of a research design
04. Apply skills in artefact analysis in order to interpret a body of data
05. Use descriptive statistics to analyse an artefact assemblage
06. Contribute to class discussions evaluating different approaches to the interpretation and analysis of artefacts
07. Work as a member of a team to acquire archaeological information

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicola Stern

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

PracticalWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Online quizzes (1200 word equivalent)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo30 SILO2, SILO3, SILO5

Laboratory Exercises (1200 word equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO4, SILO6, SILO7

Written essay (1500 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO2, SILO3