- Code ARCH8032
- Unit Value 12 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Archaeology
- Areas of interest Archaeology, Biological Anthropology
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof Philip Piper
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2019
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This core course introduces students to the range of archaeological science methods and techniques which one can expect to use in field- and laboratory-based archaeological research and heritage management projects, evaluated within an explicitly archaeological methodology. A background in the history of the field will first be given, and the theoretical debates concerning the role of archaeological science within the wider field of archaeology will be discussed. Various sub-disciplines within archaeological science will be introduced. Field trips and/or practical study will also be an integral aspect of this course.
Where field trips or practical study involves travel outside of Canberra (including to other parts of the ACT), students will only be permitted to undertake this travel upon completion of ANU required documentation and the approval of all documentation by the relevant delegate.
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:
- Explain and critique the relationships between environmental sciences, archaeology and historical and social disciplines;
- Apply basic principles derived from physical sciences in natural systems to archaeological research design and data interpretation;
- Understand the research context of key developments in archaeological science as a discipline;
- Explain basic field contextual analysis and assessment of archaeological sites within holistic frameworks bridging biological, chemical and physical sciences, and archaeology; and
- Plan and design materials from research investigations for public dissemination and/or for conference poster presentation.
Indicative AssessmentIn-class powerpoint presentation, 20 minutes (10%) [Learning Outcomes 3, 4]
Discussion on topics presented in the powerpoint, 20 minutes (10%) [Learning Outcomes 3, 4]
Short report and Analysis, 1500 words (20%) [Learning Outcome 2]
Topic-based archaeological science essay, 2500 words (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
Field report, 1500 words (20%) [Learning Outcomes 3, 4, 5]
Fieldwork, written response to 20 questions (10%) [Learning Outcomes 4, 5]
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260 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of lectures and 24 hours of seminars; and
b) 224 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Assumed KnowledgeBasic background in Archaeological Science.
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