ATS3344 - Archaeology in Italy - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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



Organisational Unit

Centre for Ancient Cultures


Dr Jessie Birkett-Rees and Dr Andrew Connor

Unit guides



  • Summer semester A 2017 (On-campus block of classes)



The unit aims to introduce students to the diverse range of methods employed within archaeology to explore and present the ancient cultures of Italy. It will incorporate varying modules that introduce modern scientific, non-invasive strategies alongside more traditional fieldwork, and look at how the ancient cultures are presented in a museum context. Study will commence at Clayton campus and then transfer to Italy, exploring the ancient remains of that city before moving to Prato, where seminars and field trips will investigate the core issues in studying the past.


On successful completion of the unit the students will have:

  1. gained a basic understanding of current archaeological approaches to exploring the past;
  2. gained ability to employ diverse approaches in the reconstruction of the past;
  3. been introduced to contemporary archaeological theory especially as it relates to material culture of Italy;
  4. engaged with debates surrounding the (re-)presentation of the past within the public domain;
  5. gained a basic understanding of the main facets of Etruscan and Roman archaeology.


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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Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester

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


A first-year level sequence in Ancient Cultures or with approval from the unit co-ordinator