1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour seminar weekly
1 Admission into GCCHM-Graduate Certificate in Cultural Heritage Management
1a Admission into MMARCHA-Master of Maritime Archaeology [1.5 years]
1b Admission into GCARCH-Graduate Certificate in Archaeology
1c Admission into GCMA-Graduate Certificate in Maritime Archaeology
1d Admission into GDPMA-Graduate Diploma in Maritime Archaeology
1e Admission into MSM-Master of Screen and Media Production
1f Admission into GDPSM-Graduate Diploma in Screen and Media Production
1g Admission into MMARCH-Master of Maritime Archaeology
1h Admission into MSMA-Master of Screen and Media Production [1 year]
1i Admission into MSMI-Master of Screen and Media Production [1.5 years]
1j Admission into MAHM-Master of Archaeology and Heritage Management
1k Admission into MAHMA-Master of Archaeology and Heritage Management [1.5 years]
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i or 1j or 1k))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of ARCH2216, ARCH8112, ARCH8112A has been successfully completed
Bibliography, Poster, Presentation, Reflective piece
Topic description

In this topic students gain a general knowledge of the history of seafaring spanning several thousand years. Students learn approaches to the analysis of artefacts from maritime archaeology sites and interpret past human behaviour associated with the sites. These skills are taught through critical analysis of case studies in lectures and group discussions. Students will understand and appreciate the contributions of maritime archaeology on the current standing of this particular aspect of history, the main areas of research, some key sites, and the fundamental analytical techniques of the discipline. Students apply the techniques learned in this topic to their practical units

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Develop students' skills in the analysis of maritime archaeology artefacts
  • Analyse critically the contribution of the discipline to the examination of human behaviour at maritime archaeology sites
  • Examine and analyse contemporary issues associated with the practice of maritime archaeology at different locations
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Examine critically the contributions of maritime archaeology to a range of research areas
  2. Demonstrate the fundamental analytical techniques of maritime archaeology
  3. Demonstrate literary and analytical research skills by organising the results of independent research
  4. Demonstrate critical reading skills through the ability to discuss representation of maritime archaeology in popular culture
  5. Communicate complex theoretical and practical elements of maritime archaeology both verbally and in writing

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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