Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitArchaeology and Ancient History
Monash Passport categoryInternational Short Field Experience (Explore Program)
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Colin Hope and Dr Andrea Di Castro



This unit will introduce students to the archaeology of Italy through participation in the excavations of an Etruscan and Roman site in Tuscany in collaboration with the University of Florence. It will enable students to gain experience in current fieldwork techniques, object recording, analysis and preservation, and introduce the main features of Etruscan culture and its impact upon Rome. While focusing upon one site it will also include visits to other relevant archaeological sites and important museum collections.


On successful completion of the unit the students will have:

  1. gained a basic understanding of current excavation techniques
  2. gained the ability to document and analyse artifacts
  3. been introduced to contemporary archaeological theory especially as it relates to material culture
  4. gained ability to document excavations within a contemporary framework
  5. obtained specific understanding of the site under excavation and its contribution to the wider study of Etruscan and Roman culture.
  6. Third level students will be expected to demonstrate more advanced analytical skills and submit work incorporating a higher level of competence in independent reading and research.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

  • Additional requirements
  • This unit is taught intensively at Prato

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Off-campus attendance requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester
Additional requirements:

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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.