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ANTH324 Archaeological Practice

Examination of archaeological practice in applied and theoretical contexts, including field archaeology and resource management, with case studies from throughout the world. Training is provided in archaeological surveying and mapping.

Paper title Archaeological Practice
Paper code ANTH324
Subject Anthropology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,080.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,858.95

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ARCH 201 or ANTH 208
ARCH 301
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited together with ANTH 309 passed in 2002 or 2003.

Teaching staff

Associate Professor Ian Barber

Paper Structure
Primary themes:
  • Applied, theoretical and (where applicable) ethical aspects of archaeological survey, recording, excavation, laboratory and conservation work
  • Training in archaeological survey, recording and assessment fieldwork
  • Global review of the public institutions, processes, interests and ideas that have shaped New Zealand and world archaeology
Teaching Arrangements
Taught lectures, laboratories, supervised archaeological site visit and assessment.

Burke, H., Morrison, M., & Smith, C. 2017. The Archaeologist's Field Handbook. 2nd edition. Crows Nest, NSW, Australia: Allen & Unwin

Course outline

Will be available on Blackboard at the beginning of the course.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Learn how to carry out archaeological fieldwork, including GPS, tape and compass and level survey and mapping
  • Learn how to prepare site records and basic assessments consistent with the requirements and standards of contemporary archaeology
  • Become aware of the ways in which national and cultural interests, legislation, and public policy have shaped international archaeological practice
  • Become well informed about the formal processes, responsibilities and opportunities for undertaking approved archaeological work and research

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 11:00-11:50 28, 32-34, 36-41
Friday 11:00-12:50 29-31


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 29, 31, 37
A2 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 29, 32, 37
A3 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 29, 31, 37
A4 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 29, 32, 37