Archaeological Principles and Practice (ARCA2639)


This subject gives an introduction to some of the major principles and practices in archaeological research and interpretation. Topics will include archaeological research design, site formation processes, dating techniques and the basic principles behind archaeological laboratory processes and the classification and analysis of artefacts. It will also examine the quantification and interpretation of archaeological data and some of the ethical, legal and practical aspects of archaeological research.

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Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x2500wd Essay (50%) and 2x2000wd class tests (2x25%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


12 Junior credit points of Archaeology OR (6 Junior credit points of Archaeology and ANHS1600 or ANHS1601 or ANTH1001 or ARHT1001 or HSTY1089)



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