Faculty of Arts

Skip to content | Change text size

print version

Monash University

Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Ian McNiven


Previously coded GES3080


The subject provides students with a through grounding in archaeological field and laboratory techniques. Field techniques include critical analysis of different approaches by archaeologists to find, record and excavate sites. Practical experience and tuition in each of these three areas will be gained through 10 days of fieldwork in Victoria. To understand how archaeologists interpret excavated materials, students will gain practical experience in the identification and analysis of bone, shell, stone artifact and pottery through laboratory classes. On completion of the subject students will have firsthand appreciation of what it takes to excavate and analyse archaeological sites.


The overarching aims are to provide students with a through grounding in archaeological field and laboratory techniques. On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1/ Appreciate the broad range of conceptual and practical skills required to find, record and excavate archaeological sites.
2/ Develop skills in the proper identification and appropriate analysis of a range of classes of archaeological materials.
3/ Develop skills to critically evaluate site survey and excavation reports.


Lab exam (1hr): 30%
Fieldwork reflective diary (3000 words): 30%
Essay (4000 words): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Ian McNiven

Contact hours

Wk1: 4hrs lecturesandpracticals/day (Total 20 contact hrs)
Wk2: 4hrs lectures and practicals/day (Total 20 contact hrs)
Wk3: 7hrs fieldwork/day (Total 35 contact hrs)
Wk4: 7hrs fieldwork/day (Total 35 contact hrs)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Geography and environmental science (ARTS)


AIA2200, AIA3300, ATS2544