Archaeological Fieldwork Project (ARC2003)

StaffDr Robert Morkot - Lecturer
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15.00
NQF Level5
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module aims to provide practical experience of field archaeology/museum work, giving basic practical competence in associated techniques, recording methods and interpretation issues. Students will gain an understanding of how methods studied at level 1 are put into practice to meet the aims of a particular archaeological project.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of various techniques of practical archaeology/museology
  • 2. Understand how the methods studied at level 1 are put into practice to meet the aims of a particular archaeological project
  • 3. Demonstrate basic competence in various practical archaeological/museological techniques

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Use appropriate archaeological terminology
  • 5. Prepare primary data (under guidance) and deploy information from technical projects

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Write a basic report, deploying visual and written material
  • 7. Interpret a variety of information forms and synthesise data from disparate sources
  • 8. Contextualise your learning on the placement and reflect upon the success of methods in meeting aims
  • 9. Work in team structure, and co-operate with and learn from peers

Syllabus plan


1. Pre-fieldwork planning; strategies for gathering evidence

2. De-briefing; discussion of projects and experiences, practical methodologies and skills acquired

3. Assessment preparation; how to compile data and present portfolio and reports

4. Assessment preparation; discussion of project aims and wider contextualisation of project and/or museum, evaluation of project achievements

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Placement1504 working wks practical archaeological experience (excavation, museum or survey)
Scheduled learning and teaching activities84 workshops
Guided independent study142To include preparation for workshops and assessments.

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Mixed report Comprising - Original field diary - Album of images - Examples of archaeological or museum recording - Summary of skills acquired501500 words max1-9Mark and written comment
Report putting experience into academic context503500 words max1-8Mark and written comment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Mixed reportMixed report 1500 words1-9Refer/Defer period
ReportReport 3500 words1-8Refer/Defer period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Aston, M. (1985). Interpreting the Landscape. London: Batsford

Barker, P. (1982). Techniques of Archaeological Excavation. London: Batsford

Bettess, F. (1990). Surveying for Archaeologists. Durham: University of Durham

Renfrew, C. and Bahn, P. (1991). Archaeology: Theories Methods and Practice. London: Thames and Hudson

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Origin date

June 2009

Last revision date


Key words search

Archaeology, excavation,  fieldwork, museum