• 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
    • Prof Marc Oxenham
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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This course is for students that have successfully completed ARCH2059, International Archaeological Field School.

The course will allow students to use the knowledge and experience they gained in ARCH2059, along with the data they collected from the field school, to meet a series of learning outcomes (listed below) through a series of three specific coursework components.

(1)    data set analysis: students will develop skills in analysing the archaeological data set(s) developed in ARCH2059 in order to extract information that can be used to make inferences about the archaeological site in question.

(2)    short essay: students will develop a range of writing and analytical skills in the context of approaches to social scientific enquiry when exploring a range of issues in tropical archaeology.

site report: in the context of the majority of learning outcome of the course, students will work on producing what essentially amounts to an ‘industry compliant’ archaeological report based, for the most part, on the season of excavation the student was involved in while enrolled in ARCH2059.

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) develop practical writing skills, logical and analytical thinking abilities and evidence based inferential skills

(2)have a greater appreciation and understanding of archaeological research designs and their impact(s) on excavation-based strategies

(3) understand basic problems in tropical archaeology stratigraphy, taphonomy, and site formation (positive and negative) processes

(4) have acquired a solid grounding in relevant archaeological methodologies, and an understanding of how these may be utilised in order to analyse archaeological materials.

(5) have an understanding of the principles, methodologies, value systems and ethics employed in social scientific inquiry


Indicative Assessment

Data set analysis (20%) 500 words or equivalent. Relevant learning outcome(s): 1 & 4.

Short essay (20%) 1,500 words. Relevant learning outcome(s): 1, 3 & 5.

Archaeological site report based on the field school (60%) 3000 words. Relevant learning outcome(s): 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5


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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading, and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ARCH2059. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARCH3004B.

Assumed Knowledge

It is highly recommended that students will have completed ARCH3021




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
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3188 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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