Spring 2020 - ARCH 386 D100

Archaeological Resource Management (3)

Class Number: 5746

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
    SWH 9152, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Bob Muir
    Office: EDB 9615
    Office Hours: TBA
  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 201.



Surveys the origins, implementations, and need for archaeological heritage legislation on an international and national scale. Topical issues associated with contract archaeology, public archaeology, native heritage, and avocational societies are incorporated.


This course is intended to provide students with an understanding of archaeological resource management issues and procedures, primarily from a North American perspective.  Both practical and theoretical problems will be covered in lectures and seminars.  When relevant, guest speakers will be invited to discuss topical issues.  

Students will be evaluated on the basis of class participation, written assignments, and an exam. Marks for “participation” will be awarded in accordance with attendance and contributions to seminar discussions. ‘Weekly’ written assignments will include numerous short (1-2 page) exercises designed to stimulate discussion and debate, as well as three more substantial written exercises (major assignments). The exams will cover material presented in lectures and readings. Emphasis will be on demonstration of thorough knowledge of concepts, issues, legalities and procedures relevant to archaeological resource management. 


  • Participation 15%
  • Minor Assignments (5-6) 20%
  • Major Assignments (2) 40%
  • Midterm Exam 25%



There is no textbook for this course. Weekly readings are from a variety of books, journals, and on-line publications. A reading list is provided. Some, but not all of these will be on reserve in the Bennett Library. Students are expected to do all assigned readings and will be responsible for their content during seminars and the midterm exam.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

Deferred grades will be given only on the basis of authenticated medical disability.

Registrar Notes:

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