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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

During the summer after your second year of archaeology single honours students will go on a minimum of a two week long excavation. This course follows on from your field experience to help maximize the experiences and skills developed on these projects. Working with materials collected during the field project this course will develop key skills in communicating the results of field projects and the presentation of archaeological data.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Gordon Noble

Qualification Prerequisites

  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Aims: This course will enhance student employability by developing key skills and confidence in archaeological fieldwork and field recording methods.

Main Learning Outcomes: This course will give students the opportunity to develop key skills in archaeological fieldwork and the communication of archaeological field data. By the end of the course students will have:
• a good understanding of the aims, methodology and results of an approved field project
• acquired key practical skills in archaeological excavation and recording methods
• gained 80 hours experience participating in a fieldwork project impoving employability and transferrable skills
• gained knowledge of how to present archaeological field data

Content: The course provides a systematic framework that enables students to maximise the benefits of participating in an archaeological field project, including the learning of key excavation and recording skills, and the communication of archaeological field data. During and after their participation in the field project, students will receive instruction in how to assemble a portfolio that reflects their participation in their chosen field project.

Further Information & Notes

Previous participation in fieldwork project as agreed in advance by course co-coordinator. Normally the field project will be a departmental field school (or other project approved by the course co-ordinator), and will take place during the summer before programme year 3. Students considering this course are highly recommended to consult with the course co-ordinator during the second half-session of programme year 2. Any students with concerns about physical disability should consult with the course co-ordinator as early as possible. The Department is committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable students to achieve the learning outcomes of the degree programme. This course may NOT be included in a graduating curriculum with the KL 3516.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Coursework (100%) in the form of a fieldwork portfolio. Resit: No resit is possible.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Detailed typed notes on coursework will be provided.

Course Learning Outcomes


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