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Department of Anthropology & Archaeology

Academic Offering

Archaeology

Undergraduate Course Offering Brochure

Archaeology is offered via a three-year BA (Own Choice) programme. A 60% aggregate for third-year subjects allows students to embark on a  one-year honours degree, successful completion of which allows them to apply for membership of the Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA). Normal classes  – two hours per week – are paired with two-hour practicals that put into practice the theory learned in class.

First-year Courses
AGL 110: In the Beginnings: History of Archaeology
AGL 120: African and World Archaeology                                   
EFK 120: Archaeo-Tourism (optional)

 

Second-year Courses
AGL 210: Public Archaeology
AGL 220:  Field Methods and Interpretation

 

Third-year Courses
AGL 310: Historical and Post-Colonial Archaeology
AGL 320: Archaeologies of Archive
AGL 355: Archaeological Dating and Isotope Ecology (optional)

Each undergraduate year has an optional field school partially funded by the Department


Postgraduate Course Offering

Honours

Entry to the honours course is restricted to students who have obtained a bachelor's degree with an average of at least 60% in their third year undergraduate Archaeology subjects. The honours course comprises three coursework modules and a dissertation of between 15 000 - 25 000 words that is approved by Faculty Research & Ethics Committees. The honours course is offered as a one-year, full-time course. In addition, students are also required to:

  • perform one Outreach activity per semester registered
  • to participate in the Departmental Seminar Series when in residence
  • to construct a museum display of their dissertation research
  • submit an article to an accredited publication at the end of their study
  • conduct at least four weeks of fieldwork by the end of the honours
  • programme and demonstrate mastery over basic field techniques
Honours Coursework
AGL 751: Death by Theory: Tradition and Trend in Archaeological Thought
AGL 752: Archaeological Methods
AGL 753: Indigenous Africa: The Archaeology of Identity
AGL 754: Dissertation
AGL 755: Archaeological Dating & Isotope Ecology (optional; involves practical research at the CSIR's Quaternary Dating Research Unit).



Master's

Entry to the MA programme is restricted to students who have obtained an honour’s degree in Archaeology or very closely related discipline, for which a minimum of 60% has been awarded. The master's degree usually involves two years of full-time study and comprises a 30 000 – 50 000-word dissertation that is approved by Faculty Research and Ethics Committees. The dissertation is based on primary field research and other relevant research sources that demonstrates a specialised knowledge of the archaeological research process. While research findings can be negative, the master’s dissertation must be methodologically detailed and replicable. The dissertation must demonstrate the candidate’s ability to formulate strategies and responses to contextual and abstract problems. The research process must be fully accountable and demonstrate a sensitivity to working in a post-colonial context. In addition to the dissertation, master's candidates are required to:

 

  • perform one Outreach Activity per Semester registered
  • to participate in the Departmental Seminar Series when in residence
  • to construct a museum display of their dissertation research
  • submit an article to an accredited publication at the end of their study.
  • conduct at least eight weeks of fieldwork by the end of the master’s programme and demonstrate mastery over basic and intermediate field techniques.

 


PhD

Entry to the PhD programme is restricted to students who have obtained a master's degree in Archaeology or very closely related discipline, for which a minimum of 60% has been awarded. The PhD is usually involves three to four years of full-time study and comprises a 60 000 – 100 000-word thesis based on  Faculty Research and Ethics Committee clearance. The thesis must produce positive research findings and substantively advance the state of archaeological knowledge. The thesis must show mastery over advanced field and analytical techniques as well as sophisticated grasp and application of relevant archaeological theory. The entire project must be institutionally, socially and intellectually accountable, demonstrating an advanced grasp of what conducting archaeological research in a post-colonial context entails. Students are required to defend their written thesis in an oral presentation, usually three hours in duration. Students must conduct at least 16 weeks of fieldwork by the end of the PhD programme and demonstrate mastery over advanced field techniques.

For more information, contact
Alexander.Antonites@up.ac.za

 

Archaeology Fieldschools in Ga-Rankua and Constitution Hill, 2007