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Course Overview

We only have three days to find out! Excavation and field survey in modern archaeology can lead to spectacular discoveries regarding our past. This course, built around a short fieldschool and follow-up practicals and classes, will introduce and develop key skills in field archaeology, including excavation, field survey and sampling. Students will go through the whole process of designing, carrying out and reporting on a site and landscape in a course that will provide invaluable professional development.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Dr Gordon Noble

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

  • Either Distance Learning (Studied) or Archaeology Iss (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • AY3010 Professional Archaeology I: Field Methods (Studied)
  • KL3012 Professional Archaeology I: Field Methods (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Aims: To provide an overview of, and practical experience in, a range of archaeological practices, including field techniques and survey. This course involves a residential field trip that will form the core of the teaching where methods in site evaluation including test pitting, field survey and sampling will be outlined and carried out in the field. Students then use their knowledge and experience to produce a research design for a project on a site.  

Content: This course will explore the practices that characterise archaeology as a field-based discipline. The course will provide experience of an archaeological field evaluation through a sustained period of fieldwork. The fieldwork element of the course in combination with additional lectures and practical workshops will provide an awareness of the wide range of techniques that may be used to recover and analyse archaeological data and ways of interpreting a site within its landscape. The course also involves practical experience and a final assessment that involves constructing a project design for a site and putting together a practice funding application for the student's proposed project.

Further Information & Notes

Distance learning students will be invited to participate in fieldwork, listen to recorded lectures via My Aberdeen and participate in practical exercises using detailed hand-outs/instructions or complete alternatives where appropriate.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown


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Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%), consisting of project design and mock funding application. Resit: No resit is possible.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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