Advanced Fieldwork Project (ARC3006)

StaffDr Ioana Oltean - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level6
Co-requisitesCannot be taken with ARC3006A.
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module will provide advanced practical experience of field archaeology work to students who have already gained basic competence of field techniques

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Gain advanced competence in various practical archaeological techniques and demonstrate an individual ability to correctly select techniques and strategies to fit context and aims of a project
  • 2. Use appropriate archaeological terminology
  • 3. Prepare primary data and deploy information from technical projects

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Write a technical report, deploying visual and written material
  • 5. Interpret a variety of information forms and synthesise data from disparate sources
  • 6. Critically assess the broader context of their work and reflect upon the success of methods in meeting aims

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Fulfil the role of an experienced member of a team within a hierarchical structure, and co-operate with and learn from peers
  • 8. Experience a range of practical skills which have relevance in the wider world

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some the following:

  • At least 3 weeks fieldwork on a University of Exeter Fieldschool.
  • A group seminar designed to allow students to discuss and reflect upon their experiences.

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
Placement 111Practical experience under supervision
Scheduled Learning and Teaching 2One x 2 hour seminar
Guided independent study37Independent study to include preparation for writing report

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
Fieldwork report1004000 words max1-8Oral and Written feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Fieldwork reportFieldwork report 4000 words max1-8Refer/Defer period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

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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Fieldwork, excavation, museum, placement