The majority of the teaching time and in-person practical work will occur during your selected three-hour block of time, either Thursdays 1-4 (23 Wally's Walk, 105) and Fridays 9-12 (25 Wally's Walk, A211). In some weeks, and definitely for the first time we meet, we will gather at the designated classrooms. But often we will meet at the place where our work will take place, for instance at the MARS pit or at the DigiLab. The locations for each week will be indicated on our iLearn site, and I will send out Announcements to remind everyone. Each week we will start off with a talk about the day's activities, and then we will proceed to those activities. (You may notice that there is also a one-hour online lecture scheduled for Thursdays 11-12. We will only use that time if necessary.)
Please note that AHIS3306 is listed by Macquarie as a mandatory on-campus unit, and therefore our fieldwork will likely go forward as planned. Nonetheless, changes and adjustments might be necessary, and, as always, we ask for your patience and understanding!
These texts are available online through our Macquarie Library system, and you are not required to purchase them. However, you may want to get a hard copy for yourself. The first text by Burke, Morrison, and Smith, is the one I would recommend if you were going to get one of them.
- Burke, H., Morrison, and M., Smith, C. 2020. The Archaeologist's Field Handbook: The Essential Guide for Beginners and Professionals in Australia, 2nd edition, Routledge.
- Balme, J., and Paterson, A. 2014. Archaeology in Practice, Malden, Oxford.
Supplemental Readings: We will also assign or recommend supplemental readings whenever we find an article or chapter that particularly supports our focus for that week.
Dig Kit: You will need to purchase a gridded lab notebook for use as a journal while in the field and a pair of white cotton gloves for handling ancient artefacts in the lab and the museum. You will probably also like to have your own work gloves (although we will have some pairs available), and maybe knee pads if you feel this will make you more comfortable. Dig tools will be provided; however, if you are planning on doing archaeology again, it would be a good investment for you to put together a dig kit of your own. You might want to purchase, for instance, your own trowel (WHS or Marshalltown is best). Optional items include a compass, a tape measure (in centimetres), a line level, a hand lens, a ruler, and a paintbrush (all available at Bunnings).
UNIT WEBPAGE AND TECHNOLOGY USED AND REQUIRED
This unit will use the iLearn system (https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/MQ/) to communicate with the students, so you will need access to a computer and a good internet connection. Basic computer and word-processing skills are also required. We will also be using Adobe software as part of a new Adobe Innovation project for this unit, which is very exciting. You should all have access to the Adobe suite of products - please make sure to download them onto your computers!