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Practical: Archaeology & Heritage - ARC00003I

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Information currently unavailable
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22
    • See module specification for other years: 2020-21

Module summary

This module will explore the ways in which archaeology and heritage are linked through the key processes for managing change and organisations involved through the UK planning system. The professional practice of managing the impact of development on the historic environment through legislation, policy and guidance and the methods archaeologists use to address these challenges will be explored. Throughout the term you will get practical experience to look at heritage issues by looking at proposed developments, the methods used in response to proposed changes and the documentation associated with the planning process.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2021-22

Module aims

The Practical Skills modules seek to introduce you to a range of skills in various diverse areas of archaeological practice and are designed to allow you to gain experience in a 'hands-on' manner.

This specific module aims to:

  • The module will explore the concept of heritage and archaeology and how it is managed within the UK planning system. 

  • It will provide an overview of  the role of different organisations in the management of heritage assets 

  • Training in how to evaluate heritage resources and documentation associated with the planning process. 

Module learning outcomes

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

  • Identify and understand the role of the key UK organisations in managing heritage in the UK

  • Understand and be familiar with UK legislation, policy, and guidance for managing change in the historic environment 

  • Express the application of key theoretical and intellectual developments

  • Consider the relevance of heritage agendas to the wider discipline of archaeology

  • Critically evaluate heritage resources and documentation associated with the planning process

Module content

This is an optional module, part of the suite of Spring Term practical modules. It has a companion Team Project which will run in the Summer Term. The module builds on the skills introduced in the first year for thinking about how we engage and use the past to start to consider how this relates to archaeology and heritage in commercial archaeology.

Through the term, students will be expected to develop their skills by developing an understanding of the frameworks of archaeological practice relating to planning and development in the UK that generates much of the work undertaken by archaeologists. Alongside this, students will begin critiquing the system by which archaeology and heritage are managed and reported upon through the examination of case studies of development work. These skills in understanding the process by which archaeological work is carried out and reported upon prepare students for the summer term module where they will undertake analysis of a site and write their own specialist report. The formative assessment is designed to provide training and a similar summative assessment is handed in at the end term. Students will be assessed on their understanding in a class test in Week 10.The module builds on the skills introduced in the first year where students gain experience of conducting a buildings survey, and of using resources generated from archive research.


Task Length % of module mark
Critique of Heritage Site
N/A 50
Online Exam
Class Test
N/A 50

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Critique of Heritage Site
N/A 50
Online Exam
Class Test
N/A 50

Module feedback

Formative: The marker will share written feedback with you in a timetabled one-to-one meeting and you will have the opportunity to ask further questions about how to improve your work before your summative assessment. If you are unable to attend the feedback session, your tutor will share the formative feedback with you digitally.

Summative: Written feedback sheets will be uploaded to your e:vision account (your personal University of York online services account) within 20 working days of the submission deadline, along with your overall mark for the module. If you have any questions about your mark and/or your written feedback, you will be able to sign up for office hours with the marker.

Indicative reading

Harrison,R. 2010 'What is Heritage?' in  R. Harrison (ed). Understanding the Politics of Heritage Manchester University Press: Manchester

Darvill, T., Barrass K., Constant, V., Milner., E and Russel, B. 2019. Archeology in the PPG16 Era. Oxbow Books:Oxford

Schofield, J. 2007 'Heritage Management, theory and practice' G.Fairclough, R. Harrison, J.Jameson and J. Schofield (eds)in The Heritage Reader  Routledge:London

Detailed reading for the module will be available via YorkShare (the University's virtual learning environment). When you have enrolled on a module, you will be able to access the full reading list.


The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.