ARCY3003 Archaeological Laboratory Skills

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Archaeology major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit provides essential training in archaeological laboratory methods and analysis. Students learn fundamental skills in post-fieldwork analyses and demonstrate proficiency within the laboratory by learning the correct and safe use of appropriate equipment and procedures. Topics include archaeological laboratory and research procedures, scientific dating, analysis of stratigraphy, rock art, archaeological sediments, plant and animal remains, stone artefacts, historic artefacts, and written texts.
Students are able to demonstrate proficiency and safety within the laboratory by learning the correct use of appropriate equipment and procedures.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) test; (2) laboratory assignments; and (3) quizzes. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Jane Balme
Unit rules
(ARCY1001 Discoveries in Archaeology
ARCY1101 Digging up the Past)
(ARCY1002 Archaeology Today: Principles and Themes
ARCY1102 Archaeology of Tribes and Empires)
at least one Level 2 Archaeology unit (except ARCY2005 Rock Art Field Unit)
ARCY2227 Archaeological Laboratory Methods
Contact hours
lectures/labs: 3 x 45 minutes per week

Balme, J. and A. G. Paterson (eds). 2014. Archaeology in practice: a student guide to archaeological analyses. 2nd ed. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.

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