PRACTICAL ARCHAEOLOGY

ARC4PRA

2020

Credit points: 30

Subject outline

Students focus on the techniques of field archaeology and concentrate on acquiring skills used in the survey and recording of archaeological sites and landscapes. Approaches to site excavation are also considered. Students will be introduced to a range of methods including tape and compass, theodolites and global positioning systems. Emphasis is placed on the building of interpretive links between teamwork, theory and fieldwork.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorMatthew Meredith-Williams

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in one of the folloing courses: AHAR - Bachelor of Archaeology Honours or AHA - Bachelor of Arts Honours

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ARC5PRA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Must be specialising in Archaeology.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe archaeologist's field handbook (2nd edition)RecommendedBurke, H., Morrison, M. and Smith, C.ALLEN AND UNWIN 2017
ReadingsArchaeology in practice: a student guide to archaeological analyses (2nd edition)RecommendedBalme, J. and Paterson, A.BLACKWELL 2014
ReadingsThe archaeological laboratory:the analysis of archaeological data.he archaeologist's field handbook (2nd edition)RecommendedBanning, E.B.KLUWER ACADEMIC 2002

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate a capacity to critique field work strategies.

Activities:
Essays and field school exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
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)

02. Develop effective team work skills through clear communication, organisation of tasks and responsibilities

Activities:
Field school exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
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)

03. Design and develop a research programs

Activities:
Essay and field school exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
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)

04. Report in an accomplished manner on the survey of archaeological material and its spatial distribution

Activities:
Essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
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)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, LTU Term 6, Off Campus

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMatthew Meredith-Williams

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 45 - 50
Five 8.0 hours block mode per week on weekdays during the day from week 45 to week 50 and delivered via face-to-face.
"10-day off campus field school"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2000-word survey reportWritten report25 02, 03, 04
One 2,000-word essayWritten essay25 04
Practical assessment (3500 words equivalent)Assessment50 01, 03