Historical Archaeology in Australia
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- 31 Jul 2023
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1. Demonstrate knowledge of the cultural values and contributions made by colonial, post-colonial and modern societies to the building of Australian culture through the study of historical archaeology.
2. Identify theoretical approaches and research questions appropriate to the archaeological evidence from a local site and apply this in designing and carrying out research to address those questions.
3. Locate and interpret archival evidence relevant to understanding Australian colonial sites.
4. Communicate and work effectively, ethically, and respectfully with colleagues during group discussions and activities.
5. Understand role and responsibilities of professional heritage practitioners and community groups, and demonstrate familiarity with relevant local, national and international legislation.
- • Using material evidence to study the recent past.
- • Themes in the archaeology of Australia since 1788.
- • Social archaeology.
- • Strategies for communicating about archaeology to the public.
- • Legislation and policy for managing non-Aboriginal archaeological sites in Victoria.
- • Recording non-Aboriginal archaeological sites.
- • Using documentary sources to write place histories.
Prerequisites: Students must have completed 180 credit points. Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed ARC4004 (Historical Archaeology In Australia) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.
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This subject provides an overview of the archaeological record of Australia from the 18th century to the present day. You will learn how material culture provides new perspectives on the recent past. Over the course of the semester you will learn about the continuity of the archaeological record of Aboriginal people and explore aspects of rural, urban, industrial, and maritime archaeology across Australia with an emphasis on the archaeology of Victoria. You will hear from some of the leading archaeologists in the field and learn about how non-Aboriginal archaeology is managed in Victoria. During weekly online workshops you will develop first-hand experience with researching and recording Australian historical-archaeological sites.
- Four in-class workshop assignments (1200-word equivalent) (30%)
- One 1,800-word project presenting the results of a Victorian archaeological investigation to the public. (40%)
- Abstracts of weekly readings (1,500-word equivalent). The abstracts are completed weekly and form the basis for group discussion during the seminars. (30%)
Current study term: 30 Jul 23 to 27 Oct 23
Textbook information is pending.