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ANTH208 Archaeological Methods

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
Paper code ANTH208
Subject Anthropology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
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.

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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.
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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.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 15:00-15:50 9-14, 16-22
Tuesday 15:00-15:50 9-14, 16, 18-22


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, 14, 17, 19, 21
A3 Thursday 10:00-11:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21
A4 Thursday 10:00-11:50 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20