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 UnitMonash Indigenous Centre
OfferedNot offered in 2015

Quota applies

This unit has a strict quota of 10 students for safety reasons associated with supervising students whilst undertaking fieldwork. Selection of students will be based on academic merit, with preference given to students who have already completed units in archaelogy and Indigenous studies at Monash.Students should lodge an enrolment amendment form at the Faculty of Arts Student Service counter on the Clayton campus by 5pm 1 December. Enrolment decisions will be notified and processed on 10 December.


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 15 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 and stone artefacts 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 unit, 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.


Within semester assessment: 70%
Exam: 30%

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
  • Field trip

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


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


Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.


AIA2200, AIA3300, ATS2544