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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Archaeological Excavation
    Subject Anthropology
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period 1st Non standard period (29 January 2024 - 19 June 2024) (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,448.79
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    ANTH 208 or ARCH 201 and 72 300-level ANTH or ARCH points
    ARCH 401
    Limited to
    BA(Hons), PGDipArts, MA(Coursework), MArchP
    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

    Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Anne Ford

    Contributing Lecturer: Dr Charles Radclyffe

    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

    Students who successfully complete this paper will

    • 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


    1st Non standard period (29 January 2024 - 19 June 2024)

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


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