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AR5201 - Principles of Archaeological Investigation

[Not offered in 2021]

Credit points: 6
Year: 2021
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.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Project report - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Reflection/reflective task 1 - (20%) - Group & Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (30%) - Group & Individual.

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.