Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject builds on skills introduced in ARC3MTA. Students apply the field and laboratory management and analysis methods learned in Semester 1 to the study of industrial artefacts (ceramics, glass, metal etc.), and osteological remains (animal and human bones). Students will be introduced to each category of artefacts and ecofacts in turn, with 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 the theoretical and analytical approaches that archaeologists use to manage and make sense of material culture, and use that knowledge to analyse and interpret an artefactual assemblage.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSusan Lawrence

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 ABARC, ABA, SZAS, AZAHS, LZCOMA, LWLAT and have completed HUS1THJ, ARC1THJ, ARC1CIV, ARC2DIG or ARC2LAN. Students must have completed or be enrolled in ARC3MTA.


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

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorArchaeology in Practice



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

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
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 - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify and record the most common faunal ecofacts and industrial 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

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusan Lawrence

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

PracticalWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Online quizzes (1200 word equivalent)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo30 SILO2, SILO5

Laboratory exercises (1200 word equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO4, SILO6, SILO7

Essay (1500 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5