- Code ARCH2007
- Unit Value 6 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, Biological Anthropology, Classics and Ancient History , Forensic Anthropology , Arts
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Offered in See Future Offerings
This course will provide students with a practical introduction to the laboratory methods associated with the analysis of archaeological materials, along with the interpretation and reporting of results. Students will acquire skills in record keeping, the correct procedures around sorting and accessioning artefacts, as well as the very specific analyses associated with materials such as lithics, shell and pottery as well as the sedimentary fabric of the excavation. In addition students will learn how to process historical period artefacts. Similar in concept to “ARCH2061 - Archaeological Field Methods” students in this course will work with archaeological materials that replicate a real world situation, covering both the prehistoric and historic time periods, from the initial arrival of excavated materials in the lab to final report.
The course will have imbedded throughout it the importance of record keeping as well as basic quantitative methods/analysis and the final and most significant piece of assessment will follow the format of a consulting report.
The course is group taught drawing on the expertise of ANU staff in archaeological practice.
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:
1. Operate independently as well as part of a team in a laboratory setting.
2. Implement the procedures associated with the curation and analysis of archaeological materials.
3. Integrate multiple lines of analysis and relate this to archaeological practice.
4. Plan and produce output consistent with industry practices in archaeology.
Indicative Assessment1. Laboratory Workbook - students will develop written responses to a laboratory workbook that guides them through the record keeping aspect of the course as well as short answer reflective questions. (30%) LO 1,2,3
2. Class tests - three class tests (10% each) will assess skills acquired by students during the course. LO 2 3
3. Report - students will submit a finished 'consultancy report' that describes the all the analyses and findings of their research. Maximum 2000 words (40%) LO 2,3, 4
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WorkloadContact hours: 3 hours a week delivered in one block and involving a combination of lectures and practical tasks.
Private study: It is expected that students will undertake 7 hours per teaching week toward the completion of assignments, as well as preparation for quizzes and discussion.
(Total workload 130 hours over the semester).
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsRecommended text: Archaeological Laboratory Methods: an introduction (2014) Mark Sutton and Brooke Arkush.
Students will be given appropriate reading from current texts and journals as appropriate throughout the semester.
Assumed KnowledgeIt is expected that students will take this course subsequent to taking ARCH 2061 - Archaeological Field Methods or have equivalent experience.
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