Practical introduction to the methods of acquiring and interpreting archaeological data, and consideration of its relevance to the modern world.
A theoretical and practical introduction to the methods of acquiring and interpreting archaeological data as a basis for anthropological interpretation. It involves lectures, guided reading and practical laboratory work. Topics covered include the relationships between method, theory and ethics in archaeology; finding, recording and mapping archaeological sites; site formation processes; dating techniques; artefact analysis; faunal analysis; environmental context and impacts; and the contribution of scientific methods and social theory to the generation of archaeological knowledge.
|Paper title||Archaeological Methods|
|Teaching period||Semester 1 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,141.35|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- One of ARCH 101, ANTH 103, ANTH 104, ANTH 106, or 54 points
- ARCH 201
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- Suitable for students who have studied 100-level Archaeology and wish to further develop their understanding of the discipline.
- More information link
Please visit the Programme of Archaeology
- Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Tim Thomas
Contributing Lecturer: Dr Charles Radclyffe
- Paper Structure
- Lectures and tutorials
- Teaching Arrangements
- The paper is taught through a mixture of lecture and laboratory classes. The laboratories are internally assessed and regular attendance is a terms requirement.
Renfrew, C. & Bahn, P. 2016. Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice. (Seventh edition). London: Thames and Hudson.
Kelly, R.L. & Thomas, D.H. 2017. Archaeology. (Seventh edition). Cengage Learning.
- Course outline
- The course outline will be available at the first lecture and on Blackboard.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Environmental literacy, Research.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the theoretical foundation and methods of acquiring and interpreting archaeological data as a basis for the interpretation of past societies and cultures.