Module Catalogue 2020/21

ARA2012 : Fieldwork and Archaeological Practice

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Caron Newman
  • Teaching Assistant: Mr Alex Turner
  • Other Staff: Miss Fiona Hartley
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
ARA1027Introduction to Archaeology
Pre Requisite Comment

ARA1027 introduces the student to key concepts and techniques in fieldwork and archaeological practice, providing knowledge and understanding essential to successfully completing this module.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

There are three phases to the delivery of training in fieldwork and archaeological practice which
equate to each stage of the degree programme:
• Stage 1; Induction (introduction to basic concepts, methods, and skills)
• Stage 2; Development (understanding of the range, diversity, and complexity of archaeological
practice)
• Stage 3; Advanced (experience of working in professional archaeology)
This module plays an important part in this progression, delivering a level of knowledge and
understanding which students can choose to advance yet further in Stage 3 through participation in
NCL3007. This module aims to:
1. To provide an understanding of the practices, methods and skills used in fieldwork
2. To describe project management in fieldwork and archaeological practice
3. To develop an understanding of the skills needed to describe and process archaeological finds
4. To explore the relationship between theory and practice in fieldwork and recording
5. To develop an understanding of the organisation of British archaeology and its role in the planning
system
6. To outline key issues with the publication of archaeological fieldwork
7. To provide an understanding of the relationship between archaeologists, stakeholders and the
public

Outline Of Syllabus

The module is taught in a series of 9 blocks, plus an introductory lecture, a careers lecture and an
extra 2 hour practical block. Each of the main blocks comprises a one–hour lecture, a structured self-guided
activity and a 1 hour seminar or workshop, taught in small groups.
INTRODUCTION
1. DESK BASED ASSESSMENT
2. EXCAVATION/SURVEY
3. USING MAPS AND IMAGES
4. STRATIGRAPHY/MATRICES
5. EXAMPLE OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELDWORK
6. ARCHIVES/HERITAGE RESOURCES
7. FRAMEWORKS/SCALES OF ANALYSIS
8. REMOTE SENSING
9. PHOTOGRAPHY/ILLUSTRATION

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

1. A knowledge and understanding of the context, management and publication of field projects
2. A knowledge and understanding of the strategies and methodologies used in field projects and
post-excavation analysis
3. An awareness of the varied application of field skills
4. A knowledge and understanding of the nature and practice of archaeological resource
management
5. An awareness and understanding of the ethical and legal issues relating to professional
archaeological practice and archaeological resource management

Intended Skill Outcomes

1. Development of archaeological field-based skills
2. Ability to assess and analyse current practices in professional archaeological practice
3. Ability to relate own field archaeology experience to wider professional archaeological practice
4. Ability to develop and implement strategies for recording data
Students will also develop the following key skills:
5. Time management
6. Bibliographic and library skills
7. Writing and revising analytical prose
8. Oral communication

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion551:0055:0040% of guided independent studies
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials121:0012:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities32:006:00Formative practice
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities63:0018:00Formative practice
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Seminar
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities92:0018:00Structured reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Workshop
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study821:0082:0060% of guided independent studies
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1.Lectures build on the student’s previous experience of fieldwork by placing it within the broader context of professional archaeological practice.

2.Lectures and practicals provide students with a greater depth of awareness and understanding of professional archaeological practice.

3.Practicals, taught in small groups, will develop a knowledge and understanding of key field skills and analytical skills

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1003000 words desk based assessment
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Report1M500 word report of methodology and process of desk-based assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students draw on the knowledge and skills gained through the module to complete a Desk-Based Assessment (DBA), determining the known and potential heritage assets of a selected landscape. DBAs are regularly carried out by contracting Archaeology units in advance of proposed development, and in undertaking their own study, students will gain valuable insights into ‘real world’ professional archaeological practice. The 1 hour exam will test students’ understanding of key concepts and techniques introduced and practices in the course of the module. Students taking
this 25% element as a resit may be invited to submit a short essay on fieldwork practices instead of the online exam.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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