Fall 2022 - ARCH 349 D100

Management of Archaeological Collections (4)

Class Number: 6150

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    SWH 9084, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 101 or ARCH 201, and 45 units.



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 museum collections. The focus of this course is put on the management of archaeological and scientific reference collections, the different ways of their assemblage, museum curation, and presentation. Topics include: museology; archaeological collections types; curatorial work; field registration finds; documentation, conservation, storage, organization, and presentation; collection principles; Canadian and International policies and legislation on archaeological collections and museums; repatriation; information systems theory; and computerized collection registration and management systems.


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


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



Required and recommended readings will be assigned on the web and Canvas.


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Department Undergraduate Notes:

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