5 x 8-hour field trips per semester
1 Admission into GDPSM-Graduate Diploma in Screen and Media Production
1a Admission into MSM-Master of Screen and Media Production
1b Admission into GCARCH-Graduate Certificate in Archaeology
1c Admission into GDPAHM-Graduate Diploma in Archaeology and Heritage Management
1d Admission into MAHM-Master of Archaeology and Heritage Management
1e Admission into MAHMA-Master of Archaeology and Heritage Management [1.5 years]
1f Admission into MSMA-Master of Screen and Media Production [1 year]
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f))
Other requirements
Topic Coordinator approval is required for enrolment in this topic. Students should apply via
Enrolment not permitted
1 of ARCH3305, ARCH3310, ARCH8306 has been successfully completed
Topic description
This topic builds upon students' existing knowledge of recording Indigenous sites, places and landscapes, including aspects of site survey, mapping, significance assessment, conservation issues and photography, and in some years may include an excavation component.

The topic will be run in co-operation with Indigenous representatives from the host community. Indigenous participation will ensure that students are exposed to Indigenous methodologies as well as conventional Western approaches. Seminars will be presented during the field school exploring Indigenous culture, heritage management and archaeology.

Fees will be charged to cover such things as transport, accommodation and food depending on the location of the field school.

Students should consult the topic coordinator before enrolling.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • develop advanced recording, excavation and analysis skills associated with the practice of Indigenous archaeology in Australia

  • further develop students' knowledge of ethical practice in Indigenous archaeology

  • advance students' familiarity with theoretical issues relating to Indigenous culture and heritage
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students will be able to:

  • accurately and appropriately record Indigenous artefacts, sites, places and landscapes at an advanced level

  • undertake research with Indigenous communities in an ethical and culturally appropriate manner

  • demonstrate an understanding of the diverse techniques and methods used by archaeologists and Indigenous people in recording Indigenous artefacts, sites, places and landscapes

  • record and document the fieldwork process to an acceptable professional standard