ARCY3003 Archaeological Laboratory Skills

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit 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
This Unit provides essential training in archaeological laboratory methods and analysis. Students learn fundamental skills in post-fieldwork analyses and demonstrate proficiency within the laboratory by learning the correct and safe use of appropriate equipment and procedures. Topics include: archaeological laboratory and research procedures, scientific dating, analysis of stratigraphy, rock art, archaeological sediments, plant and animal remains, stone artefacts, historic artefacts, and written texts.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of how archaeological laboratory analysis informs archaeological analysis and theory; (2) demonstrate competency in performing basic laboratory analysis of a variety of archaeological and related materials such as stone tools, historic artefacts, sediments, stratigraphy, faunal and floral remains, rock art and similar.; and (3) demonstrate proficiency and safety within the laboratory by learning the correct use of appropriate equipment and procedures.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) test; (2) laboratory assignments; and (3) quizzes and participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the quizzes and participation component.

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
Contact hours
Lecture-Laboratories: 3 hours per week
It is advisable to take ARCY3002 Archaeological Field Skills before taking ARCY3003 Archaeological Laboratory Skills.

Balme, J. and A. G. Paterson (eds). 2014. Archaeology in practice: a student guide to archaeological analyses. 2nd ed. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.

This book is available in electronic and hard copy at the Reid Libray.


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