• 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
  • Work Integrated Learning Fieldwork

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 Catherine Frieman

E: catherine.frieman@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.

Work Integrated Learning


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. All assessments except the short essay take place during these contact hours.

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.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On-Country Teaching in the Willandra
3589 05 Jun 2023 16 Jun 2023 16 Jun 2023 31 Jul 2023 In Person N/A

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