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AR2405 - Rock Art Field School

[Offered in odd-numbered years]

Credit points: 03
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

The Rock Art Field School provides students with an introduction to the study of art, images and symbols encountered in an archaeological context. Focussing on rock art this subject will provide an overview of a variety of approaches, including: theoretical approaches to art in the archaeological record; the value and significance of rock art to archaeological research; the value and significance of rock art to indigenous peoples; challenges in rock art research; the ethics and practice of rock art recording and publication. Practical exercises, conducted at a number of rock art sites, will include discussion of potential fieldwork approaches, survey techniques and constraints. The subject will involve additional costs to cover fieldwork expenses.

There are additional charges for this subject; please contact the School for details.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop an appreciation of the indigenous and archaeological values of rock art sites;
  • develop an awareness of the ethical and practical issues that must be addressed in rock art research;
  • provide students with the basic skills required to record rock art sites.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development.
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
AR3405 AND AR3124 AND AY2030 AND AY3030 AND AY5030


Cairns, Block, Study Period 7
Census Date 07-Jul-2011
Face to face teaching 11-Jul-2011 to 15-Jul-2011 (Taught face-to-face in a one week block during Study Period 2.)
Coordinator: Professor Sean Ulm
Lecturers: Dr Shelley Greer, Dr Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy.
Contact hours:
  • 8 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 38 hours fieldwork
Assessment: fieldwork exercises and tests (25%); essays (35%); written field report (40%).
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

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.