• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ash Lenton
    • Dr Catherine Frieman
    • Dr Sofia Samper Carro
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2018
    Winter Session 2018
    Second Semester 2018
    See Future Offerings

This course develops practical skills in archaeological fieldwork on field schools administered or co-administered by faculty members of the School of Archaeology and Anthropology. The participants learn modern techniques in archaeological excavation, survey, building recording and applications in cultural heritage management.

For topics that require travel outside Canberra: Students will only be permitted to travel upon completion of ANU required documentation, including, where required, the travel to a high risk destination form and the approval of all documentation by the relevant delegate.

Disclaimer: Applicants are advised that due to circumstances beyond the University's control (for example, specific international security concerns and international health crises) it may not be possible for students to commence or complete topics requiring international travel.


Course Contact: Dr Ash Lenton
E: ash.lenton@anu.edu.au

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  1. understand the principles of archaeological field work;
  2. demonstrate competence at basic fieldwork techniques;
  3. gain familiarity with a range of archaeological field work practices other than excavation; and
  4. analyse data from archaeological field work in written and oral format.

Indicative Assessment

Field skills practical assessments LO 1, 2 & 3 (40%)
Fieldwork notebook (2000 words)  LO 1, 2 & 3 (25%)
Short essay (2000 words) LO 1, 2, 3 & 4 (25%)
Participation in fieldwork (10%)


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130 hours of total student learning time including a 3-week full-time intensive field school.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Archaeology and Anthropology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Roskams, S. 2001. Excavation, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of ARCH2061 or equivalent skills.




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 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
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1914 01 Jan 2018 TBA TBA 31 Mar 2018 In Person N/A
Triabunna Barracks
1500 19 Dec 2017 05 Jan 2018 26 Jan 2018 19 Feb 2018 In Person N/A

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
Ribchester Roman Fort
6804 11 Jun 2018 11 Jun 2018 20 Jul 2018 10 Aug 2018 In Person N/A
Nienburg Wolpe
6936 13 Aug 2018 31 Aug 2018 31 Aug 2018 05 Nov 2018 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
Nienburg Wolpe
9805 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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