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ARA1000 : Foundational Fieldwork Training

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Duncan Wright
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
ECTS Credits: 0.0


This module will provide students with a foundational introduction to the practice of archaeological fieldwork. It is delivered off-campus as students will participate in an archaeological field project run as a fieldschool. The fieldschool includes archaeological excavation or survey, introducing students to key fieldwork skills and techniques.

Outline Of Syllabus

Fieldwork is learnt through a process of apprenticeship, in which students gain practical experience of carrying out tasks on an archaeological site. The range of tasks is outlined below.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork801:0080:00Number of hours is approximate. Students undertake a minimum of 2 weeks fieldwork experience
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Archaeological fieldwork skills and knowledge are most effectively transmitted through practice. The module supports student experience in an apprenticeship situation where they are learning each task as they perform it under the direction of a more experienced archaeologist. Their skills and knowledge is not summatively assessed during this module, but is foundational to a stage 2 module ‘Fieldwork and Archaeological Practice’, and a stage 2, semester 3 module ‘Advanced Fieldwork Training’.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2A100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship


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