Course level



Humanities and Social Sciences


Social Science School




One Semester

Class contact

3 Contact hours





Assessment methods

Case study review, artefact analysis and workshop, final exam

Course coordinator

Dr Jonathan Prangnell

Study Abroad

This course is pre-approved for Study Abroad and Exchange students.

Current course offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 2, 2018 St Lucia Internal Profile unavailable

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Course description

This course provides students with a practical introduction to a broad range of methods and techniques used in historical archaeology and archaeological science. Topics covered in the course include modern material culture identification, recording and analysis of ceramic, glass, metal, bone and shell artefacts, and the interpretation of archaeological collections and sites. The course introduces students to the theory and method of key areas of historical archaeology, and the use of practical and integrated problem-solving laboratory based exercises enables students to put into practice many of the concepts discussed throughout the course. Problem-based learning exercises and group work are run weekly in the archaeology laboratories in which students are required to describe, measure, draw, record and interpret historical archaeological artefacts from the School¿s reference collections.

Archived offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 2, 2016 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2014 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2012 St Lucia Internal Course Profile