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ARA2000 : Advanced Fieldwork Training (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Duncan Wright
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

ECTS Credits: 0.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module provides students with a continuation to the introduction to the practice of archaeological fieldwork delivered in semester 3 of their first year. It is delivered off-campus as students will participate in archaeological field projects. These projects involve archaeological excavation, post excavation or survey, building on the skills and techniques learned in year 1 fieldwork and on the classroom-based learning from ARA2012, delivered in semester 1 of year 2. In exceptional cases agreed with the DPD and Fieldwork Officer (e.g. due to medical grounds) students may instead participate in archaeological work where the field site is a museum or laboratory instead of an excavation or field survey.

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 are 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students are not directly assessed: the student will pass the module if they participate for 2 weeks on the field project and the project director is satisfied they have participated for the required time and have made a positive contribution to the project (i.e. a student may fail the module in a clear case of misconduct or absence).

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