School of Social Sciences

Fieldwork

Further information

 

UWA archaeologists are actively engaged in fieldwork around the world; from Australia to Europe, the Americas to Asia, and beyond. 

 

For UWA archaeology students the potential to become involved in important and ongoing field projects is a significant aspect of their education. The first step in this process is the annual field school; a third year unit (ARCY3002) that provides an introduction to, and hands-on experience with, the methods of archaeological survey and excavation. Currently, the field school takes place for two weeks in September-October at Fremantle Prison; a World Heritage Site. Students learn about the archaeology of Australia’s convict past while they work on key aspects of this fascinating archaeological resource.

In addition, the Centre for Rock Art Research and Management provides an a unit (ARCY2005) as the rock art field school; an opportunity for students to learn the methods of identifying and recording indigenous rock art in some of the most significant cultural heritage locales in the world. Currently, the rock art field school takes place in the Dampier Archipelago and Murujuga (Burrup Peninsula) during the mid-semester break.

Honours and Masters of Professional Archaeology students further their field training with other projects around Western Australia; including significant research projects in aboriginal and historic archaeology in the Pilbara, the Kimberley, the Southwest, and the Greater Perth Region. Supervised by the faculty, the research postgrads, and affiliated staff, these projects are the entryway for students to develop their own thesis topics and gain experience in managing and supervising field and analytical research. 

 

 


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