This topic provides students with both a theoretical and methodological grounding in the practice of historical archaeology in Australia and will demonstrate how artefact analyses contribute to archaeological interpretations of the recent past. In this intensive, hands-on topic, students will become familiar with describing, cataloguing, analysing, and dating various types of historic artefacts, including ceramics, metal, glass, buttons, standing structures, gravestones and Overseas Chinese materials.
This topic aims to:
familiarise students with essential historical archaeological analytical skills based on major categories of archaeological data
develop an understanding of the place of Australian historical archaeology within a wider world context
enable students to critically evaluate historical archaeological methods
encourage students to apply theoretical issues associated with interpreting past human behaviour to the practical issues of 'doing' historical archaeology
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students will be able to:
organise and structure a laboratory report
classify a range of archaeological material and critically understand the bases upon which classification systems are constructed
demonstrate an understanding how aretfact analyses contribute to nuanced understandings of past human behaviour
critically evaluate the context of historical archaeological sites and material in contemporary society
Key dates and timetable
Timetable details for 2019 are no longer published.
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