- Module description
Archaeological Fieldschool (ARC2004)
|Staff||Professor Alan Outram - Convenor|
|Pre-requisites||ARC1000A, ARC1000B or equivalent|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
This module aims to provide practical experience of field archaeology 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 archaeological
- 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 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. Put what they have learned into a broader context and reflect upon the success of methods in meeting aims
- 9. Work in a team, within a hierarchical structure, and co-operate with and learn from peers
1. debriefing; explaining the assessments; how to present the report; consideration of project aims
2. project background information; evaluation of the success of projects and personal contribution 3. surgery workshop for project
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||160||Archaeological Fieldschool (approx 4 working weeks)|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||4||2 x 2 hour workshops|
|Guided independent study||136||Independent study|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Continuous assessment of field skills (performance, attitude, team skills)||50||4 weeks field school||1-5, 7-9||mark and written comments|
|Project||50||3500 words||1-8||mark and written comments|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Continuous assessment||Written report||1-5, 7-9||Refer/Defer period|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Aston, M. (1985). Interpreting the Landscape.London: Batsford.
Barker, P. (1982). Techniques of Archaeological Excavation.London: Batsford.
Renfrew, C. and Bahn, P. (2012). Archaeology: Theories Methods and Practice (6th Ed.)London: Thames andHudson.
Roskams, S. (2001) Excavation.Cambridge: CUP.
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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Archaeology, excavation, fieldschool