1 x 1-week field trip per semester
1 Admission into GCSM-Graduate Certificate in Screen and Media Production
1a Admission into GDPSM-Graduate Diploma in Screen and Media Production
1b Admission into MSM-Master of Screen and Media Production
1c Admission into GCCHM-Graduate Certificate in Cultural Heritage Management
1d Admission into MMARCHA-Master of Maritime Archaeology [1.5 years]
1e Admission into GCARCH-Graduate Certificate in Archaeology
1f Admission into GCMA-Graduate Certificate in Maritime Archaeology
1g Admission into GDPMA-Graduate Diploma in Maritime Archaeology
1h Admission into MMARCH-Master of Maritime Archaeology
1i Admission into GDPAHM-Graduate Diploma in Archaeology and Heritage Management
1j Admission into MAHM-Master of Archaeology and Heritage Management
1k Admission into MSMA-Master of Screen and Media Production [1 year]
1l Admission into MSMI-Master of Screen and Media Production [1.5 years]
1m 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 or 1l or 1m))
Other requirements
Topic Coordinator approval required for enrolment in this topic
Enrolment not permitted
ARCH8503 has been successfully completed
Topic description

This topic provides hands-on experience in the theory and methods of conservation for a wide range of sites and artefacts. The topic contains some lecture, workshop and laboratory content, as well as field trips, and will be directed towards teaching students practical conservation and management techniques in both maritime and terrestrial archaeology. The precise focus for each field school will vary according to the availability of expertise and the specific location of the field school.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Develop advanced field skills associated with the conservation of materials and sites in Australia and overseas
  • Further develop students' knowledge of ethical practice in archaeology
  • Advance students' familiarity with theoretical and political issues in site conservation and management
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of a range of basic conservation techniques for different classes of archaeological material
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the practical and theoretical basis for making specific conservation decisions and choose between alternative options responsibly
  3. Conduct basic conservation surveys in a field necessary for effective management of sites

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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