• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Duncan Wright
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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How many courses do you know that provide tools required to unravel past lives from ancient sites and objects? This course aims to do just that, giving you an introduction to archaeology and the various techniques archaeologists use to investigate the past. Archaeologists dig holes in the ground, but they also work underwater, in museums and in laboratories. You will learn about all these archaeologies, get hands-on experience working with archaeological materials and develop skills required to review and interpret the archaeological literature.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Apply essential skills for classifying and interpreting archaeological materials;
  2. Understand the diversity of archaeological techniques and their roles in uncovering information about past peoples;
  3. Critique archaeological excavation reports and evaluate the quality of fieldwork and the conclusions reached; and
  4. Identify objects in museum collections and reflect on the information they contain.

Indicative Assessment

Review of an archaeological excavation report (1500 words, 15%) [Learning Outcomes 2,3]

Essay about a museum object (2500 words, 25%) [Learning Outcomes 1,2,4]

Portfolio of worksheets completed during tutorials (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1,2]

Short answer exam (3 hours, held during the formal examination period (35%) [Learning Outcomes 1,2]

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2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of laboratories per week for 13 weeks. Films will also be shown but are not compulsory. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of study each week over the semester (total workload 130 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible PREH1111

Prescribed Texts

McIntosh, H. The Practical Archaeologist: How We Know What We Know About the Past. 2nd Rev edition, Checkmark Books, 1999.

Renfrew, C. & Bahn P. 2008. Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice. 5th Ed. London: Thames and Hudson (other editions are fine).




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

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2039 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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