OBJECTS, THINGS, & ARTEFACTS (A): MANAGING AND RECORDING

ARC3MTA

2020

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.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicola Stern

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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, ARC1CIV, ARC2DIG and ARC2LAN; OR require subject coordinator's approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe Archaeologist's Field Handbook (2nd edition)PrescribedBurke, Morrison, & Smith (2017)Allen & Unwin
ReadingsArchaeology in Practice: A Student Guide toPrescribedBalme & Patterson (2014)Wiley Blackwell

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify and record the most common stone artefacts found in the Australian archaeological record

Activities:
Laboratory based exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical and analytical approaches used to construct and interpret archaeological data

Activities:
Quizzes and essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
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)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Demonstrate knowledge of the elements of a research design

Activities:
Quizzes, class discussion, essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
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)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Apply skills in artefact analysis in order to interpret a body of data

Activities:
Laboratory based exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
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)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Use descriptive statistics to analyse an artefact assemblage

Activities:
Quizzes
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
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)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

06. Contribute to class discussions evaluating different approaches to the interpretation and analysis of artefacts

Activities:
Laboratory based exercises and class discussions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
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)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

07. Work as a member of a team to acquire archaeological information

Activities:
Laboratory based exercises and class discussions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
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)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicola Stern

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Practical Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Online quizzes (1200 word equivalent)30 02, 03, 05
Laboratory Exercises (1200 word equivalent)30 01, 04, 06, 07
Written essay (1500 words)40 02, 03