UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ARCY1001 Discoveries in Archaeology

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Archaeology major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 1 elective
Content By discussing in historical sequence some of the great discoveries in archaeology, this unit introduces the scientific techniques and concepts that archaeologists use to construct the past and its relationship to the contemporary world. Students learn how artefacts, sites and other evidence for human behaviour is identified, dated, analysed and interpreted to find out about the past. The unit uses examples from different time periods and regions such as Homer's Troy, ancient mummies and African sites of humans' earliest ancestors to learn how to think like an archaeologist.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) identify the main materials of archaeology and how they are preserved; (2) describe the main recording, dating and analysis techniques used in archaeological investigations; (3) understand how archaeologists reconstruct past human behaviour from material remains; (4) describe the types of questions that have driven archaeological research; (5) describe the development of archaeology as a discipline, including theories and methods; (6) be aware of the ethical context in which archaeology is practised; (7) write according to scientific conventions and be familiar with different forms of archaeological description; and (8) develop communication skills in group discussions.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) tests; (2) essay; and (3) tutorial assignments. 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) Dr Sven Ouzman
Unit rules
Incompatibility: ARCY1101 Digging up the Past
Contact hours lectures and tutorials: 3 hours per week (attendance compulsory)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/ARCY1001/SEM-1/2017

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