Spring 2023 - ARCH 386 D100

Archaeological Resource Management (3)

Class Number: 4007

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

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

  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 101 or 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 provides students with an understanding of archaeological resource management issues and procedures.  The course begins with presentation and discussion of global issues, regulations, and strategies with respect to archaeological resource management.  The remaining weeks focus on archaeological resource management in British Columbia, introducing the laws, processes, and procedures by which archaeological resources are managed, and discussing the challenges faced by resource management archaeologists.  This later portion of the course also includes a series of workshops and written assignments designed to demonstrate the archaeological impact assessment process in British Columbia.  Students will be evaluated on the basis of a midterm exam, participation in online and in-person discussions/workshops, and two written assignments.


  • Discussion/Workshop Participation 20%
  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Assignment 1: Archaeological Overview Assessment 25%
  • Assignment 2: Archaeological Impact Assessment 35%



There is no required textbook for this course. Readings for the course are from a variety of electronic publications which will be available through CANVAS.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) 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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