• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Timothy Denham
  • Mode of delivery Blended
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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This core course introduces students to the range of archaeological science methods and techniques which one can expect to use in field- and laboratory-based archaeological research and heritage management projects, evaluated within an explicitly archaeological methodology. A background in the history of the field will first be given, and the theoretical debates concerning the role of archaeological science within the wider field of archaeology will be canvassed. The second half of the course will focus particularly on fieldwork applications of archaeological science, including site visits and practical exercises.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

 

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Explain and critique the relationships between environmental sciences, archaeology and historical and social disciplines
  • Apply basic principles derived from physical sciences in natural systems to archaeological research design and data interpretation.
  • Scope, plan and report on the research context of key developments in archaeological science as a discipline
  • Undertake basic field contextual analysis and assessment of archaeological sites within holistic frameworks bridging soil science, geology, Quaternary timescales and development planning frameworks
  • Select and deploy relevant sampling and analytical techniques as research-led investigations in archaeology and heritage management as desk-top studies and in the field.
  • Design and engage in ethically sound and professionally appropriate approaches to undertaking scientific investigations as archaeologists across a range of environments, social contexts and with diverse stakeholders.
  • Plan and design materials from research investigations for public dissemination and/or for conference poster presentation

Indicative Assessment

In-class presentation 10%, practical exercises 20%, 2000 word essay (20%), 4000 word research essay (40%) and attendance and participation (10%)      

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Workload

2.5 hours of lectures and seminars per week over 12 weeks.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
12 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $5208
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $8292
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1027 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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