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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Archaeological Methods
    Subject Anthropology
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    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.

    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.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    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.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 15:00-15:50 9-13, 15-22
    Tuesday 15:00-15:50 9-13, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20
    A2 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
    A3 Thursday 10:00-11:50 10, 12, 15, 19, 21-22
    A4 Thursday 10:00-11:50 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20
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