This module seeks to provide students with an understanding of the context within which archaeological fieldwork now takes place in the profession and the implications of this for how it is planned and carried out. In addition, it aims to develop understanding of the archaeological resource and the key methods of reconnaissance, data acquisition and recording methodologies that might be deployed in order to successfully procure data in a variety of situations.
The module will consider these techniques, within their legislative context, from a number of different perspectives in the archaeological sector (curator, commercial consultant and commercial contractor), as well as exploring the difference between ‘commercial archaeology’ and ‘research archaeology’ (and the extent to which this is a useful or valid dichotomy anyway). This is all done with a view to informing decision making in any subsequent role you have in designing and managing archaeological projects.
Upon completion of this module you should: