• Code ARCH8002
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jack Fenner
    • Dr Matthew Prebble
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2015
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Success in field research in archaeology requires considerable expertise in balancing scientific approaches and objectives with consideration of community interests, logistics, ethical consideration and risk management. This course embeds students within research-led archaeological fieldwork, often in remote areas, and focuses on investigation methods, data acquisition, assessment of scientific heritage values and methods, and community outreach by archaeological scientists and resource managers.

ARCH8002 is a Winter Session course and is run as an intensive field course which aims to provide students with experience in excavation, stratigraphic recording, site planning, artefact recording and an understanding of the complex relationships between sites and the landscapes in which they occur. The course is planned to run within the Winter Session (Semester 1 – Semester 2 teaching break). Emphasis is on learning and refining high level technical skills and understanding how these can be applied to better understand archaeological site formation processes and environmental management issues at the site scale, working in Australia and SE Asia.

In 2013 the ARCH8002 Winter Session course will run as an intensive course on Aneityum Island in Southern Vanuatu, led by Dr Mat Prebble and Dr Stuart Bedford (places available for up to 15 students). This intensive field course is planned to run within the teaching break between June and July 2013. Further details of the program, will be finalized by commencement of Semester 1 2013.

Students are advised that this course carries extra costs, additional to course fees, of return flights into and out of Vanuatu.

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:

* Plan and execute the design and delivery of a team research exercise in a remote area as a desk-top exercise.

* Acquire primary archaeological field data in georeferenced form to a high standard for archive purposes or research.

* Work to a high standard and safely within remote area conditions.

* Relate the significance of archaeological and environmental data from a site and its setting to local regional and national policy frameworks and issues of value and significance.

* Demonstrate understanding of community consultation and ethical considerations.

Indicative Assessment

For the 6 unit version: Indicative assessment to include Key issue review paper (20%); portfolio of data, field drawings, images, maps to a professional archive standard and self-reflective digital and written diaries of daily field experiences and group tasks/discussions (70%) and de-briefing group participation (10%). Total word length equivalent to 6,000 words maximum. For the 12 unit version: load will be normally be double the load required for the 6 unit version and will include a focused research report of maximum 6000 words additional to the assessment requirement for 6 units.

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Workload will be appropriate to 6 - 12 unit value. The course will involve a pre course briefing, 7 - 10 days field training, a post course meeting. Assessment will be predominantly based on activities and work produced during the field course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Australian Heritage Commission (2002) Ask First: a Guide to respecting Indigenous Heritage Places and Values. Australian Heritage Commission: Canberra.

Brothwell, D.R. and Pollard, A.M. (eds) 2001 Handbook of Archaeological Sciences John Wiley: Chichester.

David, B. and Thomas, J. (eds) 2008 Handbook of Landscape Archaeology. Left Coast Press: Walnut Creek.

Roskams, S. 2001 Excavation. Cambridge Manuals In Archaeology. CUP: Cambridge.


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

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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 $725 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1486 01 Jul 2015 24 Jul 2015 24 Jul 2015 30 Sep 2015 In Person N/A

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