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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Asia Pacific - Australia - Introductory Archaeological Geophysics - 2013

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Start Date 2013-11-12
End Date 2013-11-23

Archaeology Field School Location

Flinders University
Bedford Park Campus
South Australia

Academic Credit

Flinders University Students receive 6 units of credit towards their degree.

Overseas Participants receive a Certificate of Achievement which states that the short course is equivalent to the completion of the Flinders University topic ARCH8808, a 4.5-unit topic. Participants should be able to use this to negotiate their own credit transfer with their home institution.

Non-Flinders University Australian Students also receive a Certificate of Achievement which states that the short course is equivalent to the completion of the Flinders University topic, ARCH8808. You should be able to receive credit at your home institution equivalent to the value of a 4.5-unit Flinders University postgraduate topic. If you wish to have this unit of study credited to your home university degree, you should check that the Certificate of Achievement will suffice for the purpose, as we are unable to issue an academic transcript

Archaeology Field School Travel
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Overseas Participants - AUD$3,000
Non Flinders University Australian Students - AUD$1750

Archaeology Field School Description

This field school is aimed at graduates in archaeology or an earth sciences background who wish to gain experience in archaeological geophysics, although it does not presume any prior existing knowledge in geophysics. The field school will provide students with an understanding of the scientific principles behind a range of techniques used in archaeological prospection and the basic field operation of such techniques, as well as data processing, data interpretation and geophysical reporting. Techniques covered will include ground penetrating radar (GPR), electromagnetic induction (EMI), direct current resistivity, magnetometer, gradiometer, magnetic susceptibility, and a range of marine geophysics techniques (side scan sonar, sub-bottom profiling and swath bathymetry). Hands-on experience for students will include GPR, magnetometer and EMI. The field school will be delivered through a series of lectures, demonstrations, practical hands-on sessions and computer-based labs.

The field school has a number of specified learning outcomes. It has been designed to provide students with a theoretical introduction to geophysical techniques that might be employed in archaeological contexts. It also aims to introduce students to a range of archaeological case studies within which geophysical techniques have been applied, as well as to provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with a range of different geophysical techniques. Using hands-on sessions in the computing lab, the topic will provide students with an understanding of geophysical data editing, processing and interpretation procedures, as well as an understanding of standard geophysical reports.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type


Field School Setting/Conditions

Suburban university Campus

How is the project area accessed each day

Car bus taxi

What is the daily schedule for the field school

ARCH8808 will run for an 12 day period. Classes commence each weekday at 9 am each morning and will run until 5.30 pm each day, with lunch breaks and morning and afternoon tea breaks included. Students are required to attend ALL sessions - while marks are not given for attendance, attendance at all sessions is required to qualify for completing the topic.

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation

Directors and Instructors

Dr Ian Moffat

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

In terms of the learning outcomes, by the end of this field school students will:

Have a basic understanding of the major geophysical techniques that might be applied in an archaeological context.

Be familiar with a range of literature concerning the geophysical techniques covered during the topic.

Be familiar with the basic field operation of a range of different geophysical techniques, including but not necessarily limited to ground penetrating radar, magnetometer and electromagnetic induction.

Be able to download, edit and process geophysical data.

To produce interpretable geophysical products and comment on these in a professional style report and presentation.

On rain days will there be lab work?


Will there be additional organized activities?

Some weekend

Is travel restriced during free time?


Other resources students will find useful

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

Assoc Prof Heather Burke
Flinders University
GPO BOx 2100

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