• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This intensive course, a collaboration with EXTENT Heritage, introduces you to procedural and practical skills required to work effectively as a professional archaeologist in Australia. By doing so it eases your transition between academic and industry worlds, addressing key criteria identified by the central archaeology body in Australia - The Australian Archaeology Association. During this course we will complete field and lab-based exercises, including archaeological research, mapping (e.g. photogrammetry and GIS), artefact and feature analyses, also post-survey analysis of lithic and other artefacts. Finally, you will work towards drafting an Aboriginal site assessment in line with State Government legislation.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate understanding of ethical, legal and OHS frameworks relevant to professional archaeology in Australia;
  2. acquire skills and aptitudes relevant to professional archaeology including Aboriginal consultation, mapping and archaeological/ geoarchaeological survey; and
  3. synthesise research into an Aboriginal Site Assessment.

Work Integrated Learning


This course involves training by academics but also archaeology consultants, and was co-designed by both with the aim of upskilling students so they are competitive in the cultural heritage- archaeology industry. It provides off campus field experience in which you will learn skills directly aligned with future careers in industry. Assignments involve reports regularly submitted by archaeology consultants adhering to state government requirements. This course will also involve consultation with Aboriginal custodians, some of whom were involved in its inception.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Aboriginal Heritage Assessment (Part 1 – field recording) (40) [LO 1,2]
  2. Aboriginal Heritage Assessment (Part 2 - Final Report) (45) [LO 3]
  3. Applied Archaeology Exercise (15) [LO 2]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 57 hours of contact consisting of:

   36 hours of practical workshops (Lectorials) over a 5 day, intensive period

   21 hours over three days (field-trip); and

b) 73 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. The entire course will be completed within a 3-week period

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed at least 72 units.

Prescribed Texts

Smith, C and H. Burke (2007). Digging it up Down Under. Springer, NY

Preliminary Reading

For land survey/geoarchaeology component: The National Committee for Soil and Terrain. 2009. Australian Soil and Land Survey Field Handbook. CSIRO Publishing

For lithic artefact analysis: Holdaway and Stern (2004). A record in stone : the study of Australia's flaked stone artefacts. Museum Victoria and Aboriginal Studies Press, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra

For faunal analysis: Filios, M. and Blake, N. 2015. Animal bones in Australian archaeology: a field guide to common native and introduced species, Sydney: Sydney University Press.


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

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6.00 0.12500
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