Archaeological Practice

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Archaeological Practice

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    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.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    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.

    Teaching Arrangements
    Taught lectures, laboratories, supervised archaeological site visit and assessment.

    Course Structure
    Primary themes:
    - 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

    Learning Outcomes
    - 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.

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