Fall 2019 - ARCH 349 E100

Management of Archaeological Collections (5)

Class Number: 7098

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    SWH 9084, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 14, 2019
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    AQ 5008, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Barbara Winter
    Office: EDB 8603 (Archaeology Museum)
    Office Hours: TBA
  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 201 and 45 credit hours.



The philosophy, policies and practices of the care of archaeological collections. This lecture and laboratory course treats the practical problems of designing museum programs within a framework of legal responsibilities for collections. Contemporary issues such as repatriation will be discussed. Students with credit for ARCH 332 Special Topics in Archaeology I: Mgt. of Archaeological Collections and ARCH 333 Special Topics in Archaeology II: Mgt. of Archaeological Collections may not take this course for further credit.


This course examines the principles, policies and procedures of managing an archaeological collection, from the field situation to museum curation. It will cover principles which apply to many types of collections, with a specific focus on archaeological and scientific reference collections. Topics include: collection principles; policies and legislation; repatriation; field registration; collection organization; storage and management; the effect of a broader decision-making base in archaeological collections management, specifically the inclusion of representatives of originating peoples as decision makers; information systems theory; and computerized collection registration and management systems.

Highlights: Issues of repatriation and the return of collections to First Nations. Hands-on experience with artifact collections in the museum. Theory and practice of museum collection management, job skills.


  • Cataloguing Exercise 10%
  • Photography Exercise 10%
  • Debate 10%
  • Project 30%
  • Class Presentation 10%
  • Exam 20%
  • Participation 10%



Readings will be assigned from materials on reserve & the web.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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