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Gathering Field Archaeology Data - ARC00020M

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Jim Leary
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

This module will give students a thorough knowledge of the processes of data analysis and interpretation in field archaeology

  • to bridge the gap between professional and research communities
  • to acquaint students with the main methods employed in analysing a range of stratigraphic, structural, artefactual and ecofactual data generated in modern fieldwork
  • to provide students with a general understanding of diverse approaches to the interpretation of fieldwork evidence and dissemination of results, thus generating the detailed vocational skills required for developing a career in the archaeological profession, whether in the UK or beyond
  • to develop the students ability to gather and organise information and arguments in a critical and independent manner through writing essays or producing projects
  • to develop the students presentational skills through the delivery of seminar papers

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • understand the planning and management of projects post-excavation
  • comprehend the analytical potentials of the various classes of information generated by archaeological fieldwork
  • gain a detailed knowledge of particular techniques of analysis
  • become aware of the practicalities, and problems, of archiving, publishing and otherwise disseminating the results of archaeological fieldwork

Academic and graduate skills

  • Development of transferable skills in small group work and oral presentations


Task Length % of module mark
Coursework - Gathering Field Archaeology Data
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Coursework - Gathering Field Archaeology Data
N/A 100

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