ARCY3013 Experimenting with Archaeology

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (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
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
Archaeology constantly experiments with theory. methods and techniques. This unit examines the latest such experiments. Topics include: conducting experiments such as making stone tools, ceramics, metal and other artefacts. We explore technology such as drones, GPS, aerial mapping, photogrammetry, 3D printing and more. Visiting experts may hold intensive workshops on topical issues such as heritage management, gender, designing ethical, OHS and other fieldwork protocols, or creating an archaeological outreach programme. This unit never teaches the same content twice and constantly evolves with Archaeology as a discipline—and maybe even help lead the (re)volution.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate critical reading skills and source criticism; (2) demonstrate an appropriate understanding and implementation of all occupational health and safety standards in the conduct of this unit; (3) independently and critically undertake research through the collection and interpretation of archaeological information and implement that research in an appropriate form—oral, written, and/or a practical project; and (4) demonstrate a critical and reflective understanding of ethical issues relevant to conducting archaeological work.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) group work assignment; and (3) individual 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
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):
(1) Consumables (estimated cost - $30-50)
(2) Transport (estimated cost - $10-20).
Contact hours
3 x 1 hour Seminars
5 x 8 hour full day Practicals
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