• 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
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2020
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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:

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

Other Information

Places are limited. In the event of over-subscription, priority is given to students in the Bachelor of Archaeological Practice.

Indicative Assessment

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

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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.

Renfrew, C. & Bahn, P. 2016. Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice. Oxford, Thames & Hudson.

Assumed Knowledge

Recommendation includes completion of ARCH1111 or ARCH1112 or ARCH2061 or equivalent course/ 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
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
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.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
Anglo-Saxon Kent
6306 15 Jun 2020 24 Jul 2020 24 Jul 2020 04 Sep 2020 In Person N/A
Medieval Cemeteries UK
6440 15 Jun 2020 24 Jul 2020 24 Jul 2020 04 Sep 2020 In Person N/A
Nienburg Wolpe
6441 17 Aug 2020 04 Sep 2020 04 Sep 2020 23 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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