From the moat to the Murray: Teaching practical archaeology at La Trobe University, Australia

27th April 2013

Cosgrove et al AA76 Figure 5

The Bronze Age Cypriot house level in the TARDIS (published in Australian Archaeology 76:46).

Richard Cosgrove, David Frankel and David Thomas

This paper presents two current approaches to teaching practical aspects of archaeology at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. One makes use of a simulated site constructed on the university campus where senior undergraduates are introduced to the complexities of excavation and project management from planning through to publication in a ‘safe’, artificial environment. The second is a field school for fourth year Honours students where the focus is on survey and documentation of Indigenous sites in a ‘real world’ situation, where the data gathered over several years will eventually be used to develop a cultural heritage management plan for the study area. These initiatives are considered in the context of current concerns regarding the training of students as professionals.

Richard Cosgrove, David Frankel and David Thomas
From the moat to the Murray: Teaching practical archaeology at La Trobe University, Australia
June 2013
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44-51
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