UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ARCY5103 Artefact Analysis

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Content This unit provides an overview of artefact analysis with particular relevance to Australian archaeology. Students explore the different aspects of analysis of the key types of artefacts encountered in archaeology, from materials common to Indigenous sites to colonial and more recent contexts. A specific area of focus is stone artefacts as a very common form of archaeological material. Students consider the decisions made during the process of description and analysis in field and post-field settings. Students also develop some knowledge of the theories and methodologies that exist in areas of artefact analysis, especially for stone artefacts as well as for historical materials.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) familiarise themselves with key aspects of the recording, description and analysis of archaeological materials with particular relevance to Australian contexts; (2) be aware of the methodological choices for artefacts recording and analysis and their implications; and (3) understand the ways that artefacts are described in qualitative and quantitative ways. Students know the basic choices that need to be made when analysing the key types of archaeological material, particularly stone artefacts.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) practical exercises and (2) a three-hour examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Tom Whitley
Unit rules
Approved quota: 30—determined on a case-by-case basis with weight given to past academic results; Indigenous students are particularly encouraged to enrol
Contact hours 6–8 weeks from January to April

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