ARC2003 - Archaeological Fieldwork Project

2020/1 Module description

StaffDr Robert Morkot - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module description

This module will enable you to put into practice the knowledge you have gained in your first year (level 1 or equivalent). You will complete a 4 week placement in archaeology/museum work, allowing you to demonstrate and build on your practical competence in associated techniques, recording methods and interpretation issues. You will gain a further understanding of how methods previously studied are put into practice to meet the aims of your particular archaeological project.

Module aims

This module aims to provide practical experience of field archaeology/museum work, giving basic practical competence in associated techniques, recording methods and interpretation issues. You will gain an understanding of how methods studied at level 1 are put into practice to meet the aims of a particular archaeological project.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of various techniques of practical archaeology/museology
  • 2. Understand how the methods studied at level 1 are put into practice to meet the aims of a particular archaeological project
  • 3. Demonstrate basic competence in various practical archaeological/museological techniques

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Use appropriate archaeological terminology
  • 5. Prepare primary data (under guidance) and deploy information from technical projects

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Write a basic report, deploying visual and written material
  • 7. Interpret a variety of information forms and synthesise data from disparate sources
  • 8. Contextualise your learning on the placement and reflect upon the success of methods in meeting aims
  • 9. Work in team structure, and co-operate with and learn from peers

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:


  • Briefing on the module contents and nature of assessments
  • Approaches to designing archaeological field research
  • Assistance with project writing

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Placement150Four working weeks practical archaeological experience (excavation, museum or survey)
Scheduled learning and teaching5Four workshops
Guided independent study145To include preparation for workshops and assessments.

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Mark based upon a letter of reference from the project director regarding practical performance, guided by our assessment criteria and moderated by module tutors.50Four week field or museum experience1-9Mark and written comment
Report putting experience into academic context503500 words maximum1-8Mark and written comment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Mixed reportMixed report (1500 words)1-9Referral/Deferral period
ReportReport (3500 words)1-8Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Aston, M. (1985). Interpreting the Landscape. London: Batsford
  • Barker, P. (1982). Techniques of Archaeological Excavation. London: Batsford
  • Bettess, F. (1990). Surveying for Archaeologists. Durham: University of Durham
  • Renfrew, C. and Bahn, P. (1991). Archaeology: Theories Methods and Practice. London: Thames and Hudson

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

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Origin date

June 2009

Last revision date


Key words search

Archaeology, excavation,  fieldwork, museum

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