ARCY3012 Historical and Maritime Archaeology

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Archaeology major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Level 3 elective
This unit deploys the methods and theoretical development of historical and maritime archaeology over the world during the last 1000 years. Topics include: medieval Europe; European diasporas after the 14th century; historical contexts in North America and Australasia; the modern world system; industrial archaeology; maritime archaeology; and the recent past. We use research-led teaching by examining Western Australia's Batavia shipwreck and survivor's camp and other case studies. Experts from the Western Australian Maritime Museum provide insights into how historical and maritime research is planned, conducted and disseminated. Contemporary issues such as managing historical and maritime archaeology are addressed through case studies like the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fremantle Prison. Also included are submerged land sites studied using underwater archaeology techniques. Come on in and get your feet wet!
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the key definitions of historic and maritime archaeology ; (2) demonstrate a critical understanding of the dominant themes in historical and maritime archaeology ; (3) demonstrate a critical understanding of the key forms of information available to historical and maritime archaeologists and the interpretive potential and challenge of historical sources in archaeological analysis ; (4) describe, compare and contrast the various theoretical frameworks and methods used in historical and maritime archaeology; and (5) demonstrate an understanding of the ethical considerations involved in historical and maritime archaeology.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay; (2) tutorial assignment; 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)
Professor Alistair Paterson
Unit rules
At least 12 points of Level 1 Archaeology Units and at least 6 points of Level 2 Archaeology Units
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field trips in the Perth metro (estimated cost - $10-20).
Contact hours
Lectures: 1 hour per week
Tutorials 1 hour per week
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