ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS
Credit points: 15
In this subject students develop expertise in the fundamental principles of archaeological research and how research programs are designed and implemented. Particular attention is given to practical and technical issues. This involves following through the many decisions involved in designing archaeological projects from initial research design to publication, including the choice of particular field strategies, methods of recording and documentation, and the preparation of reports. It includes a practical excavation component at the Melbourne campus.
SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorSusan Lawrence
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters
Available as ElectiveNo
Learning ActivitiesOn-going negotiation of evolving excavation strategies with team members, maintenance of a detailed field notebook that describes, tracks & evaluates daily activities on an archaeological excavation and artefact analysis. Written critical evaluation in the form of a report on the activities of the team as well as one's own performance. Develop and manage an evolving research strategy for the excavation of pre-selected squares in the TARDIS resource. Preparation of a research design and in the maintenance and archiving of site records. Development of a research proposal including budget for the fieldwork, post-excavation and publication stages of an archaeological project. Preparation of a detailed excavation report on the work carried out in the TARDIS.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of Professional Archaeology (AMPA) or the Graduate Diploma of Professional Archaeology (AGPA) or the Subject Coordinator's approval
Quota Management StrategyN/A
Quota-conditions or rulesN/A
Minimum credit point requirementN/A
Archaeology in Practice
AuthorBalme, J. & A. Paterson
PublisherBLACKWELL PUB., MALDEN, MA
The Archaeologist's Field Handbook
AuthorSmith, H. and H. Burke
PublisherAllen and Unwin
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, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusan Lawrence
Block ModeWeek: 34 - 35
Six 8.00 hours block mode per study period on weekdays during the day from week 34 to week 35 and delivered via face-to-face.
Field notebook(1000-word). This will consist of completed context forms, photographs, measured plans, journal & artefact catalogue that comprise record of excavation. Students will complete work in excavation teams & hand it in at end of intensive teach block. will be assessed as group project
|Assignment||Individual||No||20||SILO1, SILO2, SILO3|
Resrch desgn (1500word). Studnts are asked to plan how they'll carry out excavatn of part of site assignd to group. It'll assess studnt's abilitis to understnd relationshps b/w intellectul aim, excavatn methods & data collectn strategy. be handed in at start of excavation & assessd individualy
|Assignment||Individual||No||20||SILO1, SILO3, SILO4|
Site report (3000-word) must use primy data recordd in field notebk to construc cohernt account of excavatn. will assess abilities to analy & interprt data, to use data to address set of resrch questns, & to place interpretn in contxt of relevnt body of resrch.hand in aft mid-sem break.
|Report||Individual||No||40||SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5|
Literature review (1000 words) Students must provide a synthesis of key texts that consider the justification for archaeological excavation.