This course is designed to provide students with a practical introduction to basic archaeological field and laboratory methods. Its focus is on on techniques of excavation, archaeological stratigraphy, the recording of artefacts and the analysis and interpretation of structures, features and excavated materials. The course comprises field experience at a mock site on the ANU Campus.
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:
- excavate an archaeological site and keep records;
- inventory artefacts in the field;
- map a site; and
- create a field report.
Indicative AssessmentPortfolio/Practical book (Personal excavation 'diary' itemising the processes of excavation, mapping, and curation, 2000 words (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
Site report describing the excavation process and findings of research, 2000 words (30%) [Learning Outcome 4]
Class tests, 40 minutes each (20% each for a total of 40%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of lectures and 36 hours of field instruction or structured learning activities; and
b) 82 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
H. Burke & C. Smith 2004 The Archaeologist’s Field Handbook, Allen & Unwin.
Barker, P. 1993 Techniques of Archaeological Excavation. London: Batsford.
Coles, J. 1977 Field Archaeology in Britain. London: Methuen.
Connah, G. (ed.) 1983 Australian Field Archaeology: a guide to techniques. Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies. (A.I.A.S. Manual No.4).
Fladmark, K. A Guide to Basic Archaeological Field Procedures. Burnaby: Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University.
Flood, J. F., I. Johnson and S. Sullivan (eds) 1989 Sites and Bytes: recording Aboriginal places in Australia. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. (Special Australian Heritage Publications No.8).
Frankel, D. 1991 Remains to be Seen: archaeological insights in to Australian prehistory. Melbourne: Longman Cheshire.
Gale, F. and J. Jacobs 1987 Tourists and the National Estate: procedures to protect Australia's heritage. Canberra: Australian Heritage Commission.
Hester, T. R., Shafer, H. J. and Feder, K. L. 1997 Field Methods in Archaeology. Mountain View, Calif.: Mayfield Publishing. (Seventh Edition or later).
Hogg, A. H. A. 1986 Surveying for Archaeologists and other Fieldworkers. London: Croom Helm.
Jonas, W. 1991 Consultation With Aboriginal People About Aboriginal Heritage. Canberra: Australian Heritage Commission.
Joukowsky, M. 1980 A Complete Manual of Field Archaeology: tools and techniques of field work for archaeologists. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall.
Marquis-Kyle, P. and M. Walker 1992 The Illustrated Burra Chapter: making good decisions about the care of important places. Sydney: Australia ICOMOS Inc.
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