• Code HUMN8016
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Humanities
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
Introduction to Rock Art Research: community consultation and documentation (HUMN8016)

This field school provides an opportunity for students to learn the skills necessary to accurately and appropriately record rock art in Australia, while working closely with Indigenous communities. Students will have the chance to learn practical skills while at the same time developing other practical and personal skills necessary to conduct rock art research. Students will focus on the recording of rock art within its wider cultural context. The field school will incorporate seminars, interaction with Indigenous community members, and will be directed towards in-depth practical recording skills necessary for rock art research within an archaeological framework.

This field school focuses on:

  • Archaeological site recording and, specifically, rock art recording
  • Theories of anthropology, ethnography, and ethnographic methods
  • Indigenous Australian art and culture
  • Ethics

Learning Outcomes

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

 On completing this course, students will have skills:
  • in written and verbal expression for a variety of relevant academic and / or professional purposes;
  • in interdisciplinary thinking and the ability to apply theoretical ideas to case studies developed from personal observation;
  • required for cultural heritage research. This includes data-collection, analysis, and verbal and written presentation at the standard of a postgraduate degree;
  • to model best practice and have a commitment to ethical, reflective practice in regard to cultural heritage.

Indicative Assessment

One community project (40%), one interpretive poster (25%), one 10 minute presentation (10%), and one set of field recording worksheets (25%).

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Prescribed Texts

Domingo Sanz, I., Danae Fiore, and Sally K. May. 2008. Archaeologies of Art: time, place and identity. Left Coast Press, California.

Australian Heritage Commission (2002) Ask First: A guide to respecting Indigenous heritage places and values, Australian Heritage Commission, Canberra.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 to 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.

6.00 0.12500
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $434 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $691 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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