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.

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 applied product, presentation and participation component.

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.
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  • 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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.