• 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 Stuart Bedford
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2017
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In 2017 this course will go to Aniwa Island in Southern Vanuatu. Max. 10 students - first come, first serve basis.

ARCH8002 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. 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, Southeasy Asia and the Pacific.
Students are advised that this course carries extra costs, additional to course fees, of return flights to and from Vanuatu and a contribution towards accommodation on the island.

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.

Other Information

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 9 JUNE. Please contact Dr Stuart Bedford (stuart.bedford@anu.edu.au) prior to this date to secure a place. 

All students are guaranteed to receive a $500 Engage Asia Travel grant to contribute to the costs of this course. 

In 2017 the ARCH8002 Winter Session course will run as an intensive course on Aniwa Island in Southern Vanuatu, led by Dr Stuart Bedford (places available for a maxiumum of 10 students on a first come, first serve basis). Other academics joining the group will be Dr Frédérique Valentin from CNRS in Paris, a biological anthropologist specialising in mortuary ritual, Dr James Flexner of the University of Sydney and Martin Jones a buildings archaeologist from New Zealand. This intensive field course is planned to run within the teaching break between June and July 2017. Further details of the program, will be finalised by commencement of Semester 1 2017.

Students are advised that this course carries extra costs, additional to course fees, of return flights to and from Vanuatu and a contribution towards accommodation on the island.

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, 14-16 days field training, and a research report. 

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

Taylor, J. and N. Thieberger (eds) 2011. Working Together in Vanuatu. Research Histories, Collaborations, Projects and Reflections. ANU E Press. 

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

Balme, J. and A. Paterson (eds) 2014. Archaeology in Practice: A Student Guide to Archaeological Analyses. (second edition). Malden: Willey and Blackwell. 


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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
2017 $536 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $765 per unit
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.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6431 16 Jun 2017 23 Jun 2017 07 Jul 2017 30 Aug 2017 In Person N/A

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