- 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 2021
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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:
- 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 ;
- plan and design materials from research investigations for public dissemination and/or for conference poster presentation ; and
- explain basic field contextual analysis and assessment of archaeological sites within holistic frameworks bridging biological, chemical and physical sciences, and archaeology.
- In-class powerpoint presentation, 20 minutes (10) [LO 3,4]
- Discussion on topics presented in the powerpoint, 20 minutes (10) [LO 3,4]
- Short report and Analysis (1500 words) (20) [LO 2]
- Topic-based archaeological science essay (2500 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Field report (1500 words) (20) [LO 3,4,5]
- Fieldwork, written response to 20 questions (10) [LO 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;
b) a 5 day field trip comprising 37.5 hours intensive field training (inclusive of any travel); and
c) 186.5 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
No prescribed texts
Useful general reading:
Brothwell, D.R. and Pollard, A.M. (Eds.) 2008. Handbook of Archaeological Sciences: Chichester: Wiley and Sons Ltd.
Evans, J. and O’Connor, T. 1999. Environmental archaeology: Principles and Methods, Stroud: Sutton Publishing Ltd.
Lowe, J.J. and Walker, M.J.C. 1984. Reconstructing Quaternary environments, Edinburgh Gate: Longman Ltd.
Goldberg, P. and Macphail, R.I. 2006. Practical and theoretical geoarchaeology, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
Matisoo-Smith, E. and Horsburgh, K.A. 2012. DNA for archaeologists, Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.
O’Connor, T. 2000. The archaeology of animal bones, Stroud: Sutton Publishing Ltd.
Assumed KnowledgeBasic background in Archaeological Science.
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