UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ARCY3003 Archaeological Laboratory Methods

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Archaeology major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 3 elective
Content This unit provides detailed knowledge of archaeological laboratory methods. Students learn how archaeologists carry out laboratory analyses with specific attention to Australian contexts. Through reading, lectures, laboratory sessions and practical exercises students learn fundamental skills in post-excavation analyses and demonstrate proficiency within the laboratory by learning the correct use of appropriate equipment and procedures. The topics include archaeological laboratory and research procedures, scientific dating, analysis of stratigraphy, rock art, archaeological sediments, plant and animal remains, stone artefacts and historic artefacts, and written texts.
Outcomes Students are able to demonstrate proficiency and safety within the laboratory by learning the correct use of appropriate equipment and procedures.
Assessment 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) Dr Sven Ouzman
Unit rules
Prerequisites: (ARCY1001 Discoveries in Archaeology or ARCY1101 Digging up the Past) and (ARCY1002 Archaeology Today: Principles and Themes or ARCY1102 Archaeology of Tribes and Empires) and at least one Level 2 Archaeology unit (except ARCY2005 Rock Art Field Unit)
Incompatibility: ARCY2227 Archaeological Laboratory Methods
Contact hours 3 hours per week (includes a 1-hour lecture and laboratory sessions)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/ARCY3003/SEM-2/2017

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