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Unit Overview


This unit provides an introduction to Historical Archaeology, its methods and its theoretical development. The unit details core geographic areas and themes of historical archaeological research over the last 600 years, including medieval Europe; European diasporas after the fourteenth century; historical contexts in North America and Australasia; the modern world system; industrial archaeology; maritime archaeology; and the recent past.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) develop an understanding of the key definitions of historical archaeology—(a) as a method; (b) of a specific time period; and (c) of the modern world; (2) understand the key forms of information available to historical archaeologists and the interpretive potential and challenge of historical sources in archaeological analysis; (3) describe, compare and contrast the various theoretical frameworks and methods used in Historical Archaeology; (4) comprehend the dominant themes in historical archaeology including industry, consumption, capitalism, unfree labour, gender, households and communities, colonialism, culture contacts and the archaeology of the 'unwritten' (women, children, minorities); (5) comprehend archaeological literature, specialised terminology and data, and communicate this in an appropriate manner both orally and through written expression; (6) describe the development of historical archaeology as a sub-discipline in Australia and North America; (7) describe key sites, archaeologists and projects in historical archaeology, with an awareness of the contribution of maritime archaeology; (8) understand the ethical considerations involved in historical archaeology; (9) demonstrate presentation skills by preparing a tutorial presentation and concomitant group communication skills in discussing the presentation; and (10) demonstrate critical reading skills and source criticism.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial assignments; (2) essay; and (3) test. 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)
Dr Sven Ouzman
Unit rules
any Level 1 Archaeology unit
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).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field Trips in metro area (estimated cost - $10 per trip).
Contact hours
2 hours per week
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  • 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.