• 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
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Tim Denham
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Spring Session 2024
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Research-led teaching lies at the heart of the framework for master's degrees in archaeological science. The course enables the student to undertake a significant tailored research project in the context of a field school within the broad area of archaeological science, completed under the direct supervision of an expert.

The project may use materials, data and/or fieldwork which are quite new, working alongside an ANU research team or individual in the field or in the laboratory. For example, a research project may be designed around materials previously excavated, or collected as reference material, or by researching background material for a publication.

In all cases the result will be a research report or portfolio of materials of potentially publishable quality, or of a quality for submission as a poster or for wider public dissemination. The topic will be negotiated between the student and the supervisor, and/or moderated and supervised, if appropriate, by the course convener.

This course is also designed to provide students with practical skills in archaeological fieldwork on field schools administered or co-administered by faculty members of the School of Archaeology and Anthropology. The participants will learn modern techniques in archaeological excavation, survey, artefact analysis, environmental sampling, building recording and applications in cultural heritage management.

Where the project 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.


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate competence at basic fieldwork techniques;
  2. design an archaeological research project with proposed methodology to a professional standard;
  3. critically assess the key theoretical and scientific foundations underpinning the research project undertaken; and
  4. explain and discuss the key theoretical and scientific foundations underpinning the research project.

Work Integrated Learning


Indicative Assessment

  1. Field skills practical assessments (50) [LO 1]
  2. Report designed either as a professional report or in publication format, 3000 words or equivalent (50) [LO 2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time including a 3-week full-time intensive field school. Field skills and data collection are carried out during these contact hours.

(This course is offered as a 3 week intensive and fieldwork course available as and when appropriate field schools administered or co-administered by faculty members of the School of Archaeology and Anthropology are scheduled).

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

None specified

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of ARCH2061 or equivalent 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
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9204 14 Nov 2024 14 Nov 2024 22 Nov 2024 26 Nov 2024 In Person N/A

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