ANT2008 Archaeological Laboratory Methods: Analysis and Interpretation
|Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba|
|Short Description:||Archaeological Lab Methods|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Humanities & Communication|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|ASCED code :||090303 - Anthropology|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
Examiner: Bryce Barker
The archaeological record consists of the material remains of human activity in the past. In order to extract data from the archaeological record, the cultural material retrieved through excavation needs to be sorted, identified, quantified and interpreted. This is achieved through a range of laboratory methods, which are essential skills for students in archaeology as part of their professional and academic practice.
This course teaches archaeology students how to analyse and interpret archaeological material addressing the major categories of cultural material encountered in Australian archaeological contexts ranging from stone artefact analysis, bone and shell identification and methods of quantification and interpretation. The course aims to provide a broad introduction to laboratory methods in archaeology.
On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
- identify and critically examine methods of analysis in archaeology
- interpret behaviour from the material record
- identify and quantify a range of fauna commonly found in Australian archaeological sites.
- identify and quantify stone artefacts commonly found in Australian archaeological sites.
|1.||Shellfish: Species identification||15.00|
|3.||Lithics: General Principles||15.00|
|4.||Lithics: Technological analysis and typology||15.00|
|5.||Bone: The Australian Mammalian fauna||15.00|
|6.||Bone: Analysis, Fish, Bird and other marine species||15.00|
|7.||Quantification and interpretation of behaviour from the data.||10.00|
Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=01&subject1=ANT2008)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
Student workload expectations
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|PARTICIPATION||20||20||04 Mar 2019|
|WEEKLY QUIZZES||20||20||04 Mar 2019|
|ASSIGNMENT||30||30||31 May 2019|
|EXAMINATION||30||30||End S1||(see note 1)|
- This will be a closed exam. The total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.
Important assessment information
It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.
Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)
Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.
Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.
CLOSED: Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into a closed examination.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.
University Student Policies:
Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.
Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. This guide can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.
Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.