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ANTH405 Archaeological Excavation

Advanced practical study of archaeological excavation and laboratory processing.

The aim of this paper is to provide students with practical experience in archaeological excavation and in post-excavation laboratory procedures. The coursework component involves participation in a three-week field school during which time staff will provide students with training in a wide range of field methods, and in the use of field equipment. After the excavation has been completed, students will attend laboratory sessions and will complete of a laboratory based project relating to the excavation.

Paper title Archaeological Excavation
Paper code ANTH405
Subject Anthropology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (1 February 2021 - 4 June 2021) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,348.60
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,967.53

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ANTH 208 or ARCH 201 and 72 300-level ANTH or ARCH points
ARCH 401
Students intending to enrol must contact the Department by 16 December. Attendance at a field school in February is compulsory.
Designed for advanced students of archaeology

Teaching staff

Coordinator: Professor Richard Walter

Teaching Arrangements

There is a three-week long field school during February where practical field methods in archaeological excavation are taught. Laboratory methods relating to excavation are taught during the semester.


There are no textbooks for this paper but a reading list is provided.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Cultural understanding, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the techniques and methods of the systematic recording and recovery for archaeological artefacts and features through excavation
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the methods of laboratory documentation and analysis of excavated archaeological artefact assemblages
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate the process and findings of an archaeological excavation in written form

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1st Non standard period (1 February 2021 - 4 June 2021)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-12:50 10-13, 15-16, 18-22