ARCY4104 Advanced Methods in Archaeology

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Archaeology [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
This unit transfers qualitative and quantitative research skills that are essential core competencies for all archaeologists. Topics include: radiometric dating techniques, sampling strategies, geoarchaeological methods, statistics and quantitative research methods, qualitative methods and archival analysis, archaeozoological, botanical and lithic analyses, interview techniques, principles of data management, and lab safety. Experts in the field explain and demonstrate the latest archaeological research methods and participants gain competency in these methods.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of key qualitative and quantitative techniques used in archaeology; (2) apply appropriate methods and analyses in relation to specific archaeological questions and problems; (3) critically analyse the archaeological research process in relation to research questions and different types of sites and evidence; (4) evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the different methods of archaeological research and the results and interpretations they produce; and (5) use the lab safely following OHS regulations.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay and (2) lab assignments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ingrid Ward
Unit rules
Enrolled in Archaeology Honours
Contact hours
Seminars: ~3 hours per week.
This unit is delivered intensively within the first 6 weeks of semester one.
  • 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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.