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AR5201 - Principles of Archaeological Investigation

Credit points: 6
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

Please note early start date. Students must participate in field trip prior to semester commencing.

This subject gives a theoretical and practical introduction to a series of techniques and approaches that are employed in the design and execution of archaeological research and cultural heritage management projects. The topics that are covered include: research design, ethical, legal and practical aspects of fieldwork; site documentation techniques and surveying methods; sampling procedures and approaches to data collection and management. The subject is delivered via seminars and participation in fieldwork.

Learning Outcomes

  • high level understanding of ethical issues within the discipline;
  • understanding of the aims and principles of archaeological investigation in professional contexts;
  • knowledge of the application of theoretical frameworks and associated survey and data collection methodologies in professional contexts;
  • practical experience of professional archaeological fieldwork.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coord/Lect: Dr Nigel Chang.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 6 credit point subject is approximately 260 hours.

  • 24 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 32 hours - Field work and laboratory analysis
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: practical tasks and exercises (50%); assignments (50%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.