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ATS3544

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Geography and Environmental Science
OfferedClayton Summer semester B 2013 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Ian McNiven

Notes

Previously coded GES3080

Synopsis

The subject provides students with a through grounding in archaeological field and laboratory techniques. Field techniques include critical analysis of different approaches by archaeologists to find, record and excavate sites. Practical experience and tuition in each of these three areas will be gained through 15 days of fieldwork in Victoria. To understand how archaeologists interpret excavated materials, students will gain practical experience in the identification and analysis of bone, shell and stone artefacts through laboratory classes. On completion of the subject students will have firsthand appreciation of what it takes to excavate and analyse archaeological sites.

Outcomes

The overarching aims are to provide students with a through grounding in archaeological field and laboratory techniques. On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the broad range of conceptual and practical skills required to find, record and excavate archaeological sites;
  2. Develop skills in the proper identification and appropriate analysis of a range of classes of archaeological materials;
  3. Develop skills to critically evaluate site survey and excavation reports.

Assessment

Lab exam (1hr): 30%
Fieldwork reflective diary (3000 words): 30%
Essay (4000 words): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Wk1: 4hrs lectures and practicals/day (Total 20 contact hrs)
Wk2: 4hrs lectures and practicals/day (Total 20 contact hrs)
Wk3: 7hrs fieldwork/day (Total 35 contact hrs)
Wk4: 7hrs fieldwork/day (Total 35 contact hrs)
Wk5: 7hrs fieldwork/day (Total 35 contact hrs)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prohibitions

AIA2200, AIA3300, ATS2544