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Unit Overview


This unit comprises a three-week international fieldwork experience that encompasses both field and laboratory components. Students undertake the archaeological excavation of sixteenth century plague burials, and perform requisite anthropological analyses of the excavated skeletal remains. Students are expected to develop and apply knowledge (or existing experience) in archaeological excavation, site mapping, human skeletal anatomy and/or physical anthropology, teamwork and research. An assessable report will evaluate how well students have understood the process and ensure they are equipped to produce professional reports in the future.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) apply appropriate methodologies in the location and excavation of human skeletal remains and associated material; (2) perform anthropological assessments of human skeletal remains as required; (3) write a professional scientific report that provides detailed site interpretations; and (4) understand the site within the global context in either archaeological, cultural or biological terms.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) completed field work and submission of associated notes/report; and (3) final report. 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 Daniel Franklin and Ambika Flavel
Unit rules
Advisable prior study
FNSC5611 Ethics and Research Methods in Forensic Science, FNSC5612 Forensic Anthropology I—Introductory Theory and Method, FNSC5614 Forensic Archaeology—Theory and Method, ARCY5101 Archaeological Survey, ARCY5103 Artefact Analysis
Approved quota: 16—students are to provide a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, and letter of recommendation to unit administrators, refer to—
- Applicants may be interviewed in order to be accepted into the unit, during this meeting coordinators will ensure prospective students fully understand all aspects of the unit.
Contact hours
3 weeks full-time international field work (150 hours)
Additional fees apply to this unit.
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