Archaeological Excavation - ARC00003C

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Mr. Steve Roskams
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

This module is designed to introduce first-year students to all aspects of excavation and to provide hands-on experience of field work and post-excavation practices.

Module learning outcomes

What a student should know, understand, or be able to do at the end of the module

By the end of this module, students should be able to:

  • Understand and apply excavation techniques
  • Record archaeological context data under supervision
  • Understand the process and recording of stratification
  • Understand the process of environmental sampling processing, and sorting
  • Recognise, sort and care for artefacts
  • Process field records from excavation work
  • Participate and co-operate in team-based work
  • Understand what is required in the world of work including good attendance and punctuality
  • Communicate ideas through visual media, developed through production of a PowerPoint poster


Task Length % of module mark
Assessment of Learning Outcomes
N/A 50
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Team PowerPoint
N/A 50

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Assessment of Learning Outcomes
N/A 50
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Individual PowerPoint
N/A 50

Module feedback

The on-site supervisors will provide continuous feedback to the students in order for them to achieve all of the learning outcomes. PowerPoint posters will be marked on the day and feedback given.

Indicative reading

Reading is published on the module web page.

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