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Module

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

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

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable