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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge of archaeology applied to Colonial sites 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119864  Demonstrate knowledge of archaeology applied to Colonial sites 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Archaeology 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 07 - Human and Social Studies Traditions, History and Legacies 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard is intended to allow for specialisation for learners who work as field assistants on archaeological sites or as laboratory assistants in museums or universities. It should allow learners to engage with issues and to understand the finer details of Colonial sites thereby becoming better excavators.It should be useful for recreational archaeologists and learners on excavation sites who assist with excavations following set procedures and who do not have formal qualifications.It may also be useful for people doing cultural resources management (CRM)

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Outlining the history of Colonial expansion.
  • Explaining changes in structural features, spatial patterns and artefacts on Colonial sites over time.
  • Using artefacts to date a Colonial site.
  • Explaining what archaeology contributes to knowledge of the Colonial period. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is recommended that learners are competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF level 3. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This Unit Standard is for learners working under supervision as assistants on Colonial sites.Colonial sites refer to the period from the first European contacts to the early 20th Century. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Outline the history of Colonial expansion. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Colonial expansion in Southern Africa is outlined with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The impact of Colonial material culture on Southern Africa is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Different types of Colonial settlement are described with reference to function. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Settlements include military forts, rural farming settlements, industrial settlements and towns.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain changes in structural features, spatial patterns and artefacts on Colonial sites over time. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Items and features found on Colonial sites are used to classify and explain sites according to spatial patterning, artefacts, structures, layout, function and period. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Sites include, but are not limited to, military, industrial sites,Colonial settlements, burial grounds, and farm sites.
  • Industrial sites include factories, mines, gasworks, quarries, harbours,mills, roads and irrigation systems.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Changes in a selected category of Colonial sites over time are explained with reference to spatial patterning and structures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Changes to a structure over time are identified from building fabric and layout. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Changes include the First War of Independence, the South African War, changes to Iron Age sites and modifications to Colonial structures.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Use artefacts to date a Colonial site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Key features of artefacts are used to describe function, period and origin. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Artefacts include, but are not limited to, bottles, pipe stems, pipe bowls, decoration on ceramics and porcelain, cartridges, cartridge cases, buttons, buckles, tin cans, linoleum, toys, wall paper and wall paintings.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Artefacts from different colonial periods are classified according to age and origin. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The characteristics of primary and secondary disposal are explained with reference to dumping. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain what archaeologists contribute to knowledge of the Colonial period. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Ways in which archaeologists contribute to knowledge of the Colonial period are explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Contributions to knowledge include, but are not limited to, knowledge about the activities of slaves, common soldiers and common people, oral history and undocumented history.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Examples of where archaeological finds support or contradict written sources are described with examples. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a candidate against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, evaluate and organise information in comparing items and features on Colonial sites in Southern Africa and in using artefacts to date sites. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively in explaining what archaeology contributes to knowledge of the Colonial period. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Search words:
  • Archaeology; Colonial period; heritage. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  57712   Further Education and Training Certificate: Generic Management  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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