University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
Area of Study
Taught In English
ARCH 201 or ANTH 208
Course Level Recommendations
ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
Examination of archaeological practice in applied and theoretical contexts, including field archaeology and resource management, with case studies from throughout the world. Training is provided in archaeological surveying and mapping.
New awareness and knowledge of when, where and how diverse human cultures and societies have emerged across the globe; new insights into and understanding of the history, foundation theories and current debates in archaeology and social anthropology: gaining foundation knowledge to support study of more specialised anthropology and archaeology papers.
Taught lectures, laboratories, supervised archaeological site visit and assessment.
- Applied, theoretical and (where applicable) ethical aspects of archaeological survey, recording, excavation, laboratory and conservation work
- Training in archaeological survey, recording and assessment fieldwork
- Global review of the public institutions, processes, interests and ideas that have shaped New Zealand and world archaeology
- Learn how to carry out archaeological fieldwork, including GPS, tape and compass and level survey and mapping
- Learn how to prepare site records and basic assessments consistent with the requirements and standards of contemporary archaeology
- Become aware of the ways in which national and cultural interests, legislation, and public policy have shaped international archaeological practice
- Become well informed about the formal processes, responsibilities and opportunities for undertaking approved archaeological work and research
Burke, H. & Smith, C. 2004. The Archaeologist's Field Handbook. Crows Nest, NSW, Australia: Allen & Unwin
Burke, H., Smith, C. & Zimmerman, L. 2008. The Archaeologist's Field Handbook: North American Edition. Altamira Press [E-Book Library: Electronic Book]
Renfrew, C. & Bahn, P. 2012. Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice. Sixth edition. London: Thames and Hudson.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Some courses may require additional fees.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.