ARPA104 Archaeology: Principles and Practices

Updated: 18 February 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ARCH100 or ARPA304
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Martin Gibbs (
Unit Description

This unit introduces the practice, method and theories, history, and achievements of archaeology. Through lectures and practical sessions it prepares students for the in-depth critical study of the archaeology of any region or time. Topics include the nature and aims of archaeology, the history of the discipline, types of evidence and their recovery, dating, the scope of archaeological enquiry, the place of archaeology in contemporary life, and the ethics of archaeology with respect to the present and the past.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. apply specialised knowledge and skills to identify the diverse sources of evidence used by archaeologists (including excavated, documentary and oral history, representational, observational, artefactual, environmental and other scientific evidence);
  2. demonstrate an applied, integrated understanding of the basic concepts which underpin the subject (such as stratigraphy and stratigraphic context, temporality and landscape);
  3. explain how archaeological histories are constructed and change from time to time in light of new concepts, theories, methods and discoveries; and
  4. apply specialised knowledge to describe the range of approaches to analysis of archaeological materials (such as archaeological uses of assemblage, culture and style; approaches to typology, taxonomy and ancient technology).