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This unit is an essential first step in learning how to think like an archaeologist and teaches core practical and conceptual skills. Students learn how archaeologists identify, date, analyse, interpret, and manage artefacts and sites. These skills are taught with reference to exciting case studies from around the world such as 3.3-million-year-old stone tools from Africa, the oldest temple at Göbekli Tepe in Turkey, the ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and the earliest colonisation of Australia and the Americas. The unit will also provide opportunities to learn about the use of ancient DNA to understand the past and even how war affects the world's cultural heritage. This unit provides students with a global cultural context in which to understand both past human life and contemporary ethics in relation to cultural heritage. It is a unit that is worthwhile and inspiring – and fun!
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Face to face
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 1 core unit in the Archaeology major sequence
- Level 1 elective
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an overall understanding of different archaeological research traditions and approaches; (2) demonstrate a critical and reflexive understanding of ethical issues relevant to archaeological practice and heritage management; (3) demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between archaeological research questions, types of archaeological evidence, and the application of appropriate research methods; (4) demonstrate basic knowledge of core archaeological field, laboratory, and analytical techniques; and (5) undertake independent and critical research through the collection and interpretation of archaeological information and appropriately report on the results both orally and through written expression.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) tutorial assignments; and (3) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Associate Professor Martin Porr
- Unit rules
- ARCY1101 Digging up the Past
- Contact hours
- 3 hours per week
- The weekly 2-hour lecture involves in-class practical activities that are fun and develop your archaeological skills. Participation is highly desirable. The Lecture Capture System does not fully record these hands-on activities. Students enrolled in this unit have the opportunity to participate in an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour at the Western Australian Museum Boola Bardip and learn directly from WAM curators about some of the stories behind the exhibition displays of Perth's biggest museum
Renfrew, Colin and Paul Bahn. 2016. Archaeology: theories, method and practice, 7th edn: London: Thames & Hudson. Available from Booktopia and Reid Library.
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
- Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.
Face to face
Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit is asynchronous delivery, with NO requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Not available for self-enrolment. Students access this mode by contacting their student office through AskUWA. 100% Online Unit.
NO campus face-to-face attendance. All study and assessment requirements are online only. Unit includes some timetabled activities, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times. In exceptional cases (noted in the Handbook) students may be required to participate in face-to-face laboratory classes when a return to UWA’s Crawley campus becomes possible in order to be awarded a final grade.
No attendance or regular contact is required, and all study requirements are completed either via correspondence and/or online submission.
Regular attendance is not required, but student attends the institution face to face on an agreed schedule for purposes of supervision and/or instruction.
Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.