• Class Number 4652
  • Term Code 3250
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic Papua New Guinea Archaeology Field school
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Ben Shaw
    • Dr Ben Shaw
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 29/08/2022
  • Class End Date 13/10/2022
  • Census Date 09/09/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

This course provides an opportunity for students to participate in new learning abroad opportunities offered by the School of Culture, History and Language. Opportunities may include faculty-led study tours as well as programs delivered by partner institutions. This shell course is intended for newly developed in-country classes whose offering is dependent on external circumstances, such as first-time New Colombo Plan funding or government/partner institution approval, and in-country classes intended as a one-time only offering.

Information on each topic offered within this course will be outlined in the 'Other Information' section, including the topics offered, and information on the unit value, convener, academic session and indicative workload. The topics offered through this shell course will typically be made available through a competitive selection process.

Field schools run within this shell code will be applicable to students enroled in the Graduate Certificate of Engaging Asia, Graduate Certificate of Engaging the Pacific, Master of Engaging Asia and Master of Asian and Pacific Studies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Varies depending on the specific topic offered and will be described in the Other Information section for each new class when it is added.

Research-Led Teaching

This field school provides experience working on an archaeological research project collaboratively with local PNG communities on Panaeati whose traditional language is Misima, students from UPNG, government staff, and as part of a team to learn field techniques (excavation, survey, recording, mapping) and to engage with the process of research design and cultural heritage management. You will also learn linguistic, biological, and anthropological approaches to research and will have the opportunity to develop research questions, apply appropriate field methods, and interpret collected raw data.

Field Trips

A half day trip to the National Museum and Art Gallery of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby.

Potentially half-full day trips to nearby islands while staying on Panaeati Island.

Additional Course Costs

A nominal amount of $1100 per student to cover hotel and village accommodation, food, boat transport and fuel for the duration of the field school. Amount may be reduced depending on final arrangements.

Return international flights from Canberra to Port Moresby will be ~$1000-1100, and domestic return flights from Port Moresby to Misima Island ($800-900) to be covered by students, estimated total of $1800-2000.

Examination Material or equipment

A gear list will be made available on Wattle well before course commencement

Required Resources

A reading list will be made available on Wattle before course commencement

A reading list will be made available on Wattle before course commencement

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Class Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1) Plan and implement a team-based research fieldwork exercise in a remote setting

2) Acquire primary field data to a high standard for archival and research purposes.

3) Work safely and to a high standard within a remote fieldwork setting.

4) Analyse and interpret the cultural value and research significance of collected data from a site and its setting to local, national, and international communities.

5) Critically reflect on the importance of indigenous community collaboration in the creation of knowledge and the ethical considerations of working in a cross-cultural setting.

6) Articulate intangible cultural values and tangible cultural material in writing in a respectful manner

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 This is an intensive hands-on field school run over 2.5-weeks in September 2022 to investigate cultural heritage landscapes spanning the last 17,000 years since the last ice age on the tropical island of Panaeati in the stunning Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. The field school is run in partnership with the University of Papua New Guinea, National Museum and Art Gallery of Papua New Guinea, and the local communities. Postgraduate students from UPNG will also take part in this course. A compulsory pre-fieldwork seminar will be held the week before departure. Enrolment will be limited to 5-6 students. Selection will be based on a written statement outlining how this course will benefit the students study and career aspirations, and evaluation of course marks to date. Assessment will include: Participation in a pre-fieldwork seminar (10%), Fieldwork portfolio (30%), Field diary (30%), and Research Report (30%)

Tutorial Registration

There are no tutorials

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Pre-fieldwork workshop participation 10 % 1,3,5
Fieldwork portfolio 30 % 1,2,3,4,5
Field diary 30 % 1,2,3,4,5
Individual research project 30 % 1,2,3,4,5,6

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


As the learning outcomes will be completed in the field participation is mandatory. Early departure for personal reasons can be arranged but requires co-ordination with the Convenor.


There is no formal exam at the end of this course.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,5

Pre-fieldwork workshop participation

Attend a half day workshop on the ANU campus. Participate in team discussions on research strategy, planning, health and safety, and an information session on travelling in PNG, with a practical introduction to some of the field techniques you will be using.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Fieldwork portfolio

Portfolio of site recording forms, field drawings, photographs, maps, and notes.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Field diary

Completion of a daily field diary outlining activities completed each day and a self reflective account of field experiences

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Individual research project

A research report (~3000 words) outlining the investigations that were undertaken, preliminary interpretations, benefits of working with local community, and next steps of future investigations. Primary data collected in the field can be used for this project. Project topic to be developed by the student in the field through discussion with lecturer.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

The assessment mark and comments on your written assignments will be provided electronically by viewing the Wattle/Turnitin submitted pdf.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Due to time constraints, there is no capacity to resubmit assignments.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Ben Shaw

Research Interests

Pacific archaeology, with a focus on Papua New Guinea and New Zealand from colonisation to historic contexts; Cultural heritage management; the social process of migration and cultural development; Material culture studies; Community engagement and perspectives on history

Dr Ben Shaw

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Dr Ben Shaw

Research Interests

Dr Ben Shaw

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