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Practical: Field Archaeology Survey Skills - ARC00059I

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Helen Goodchild
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2020-21

Module aims

  • To introduce the various methods of non-invasive survey and familiarise students with the main techniques
  • To understand how survey data can be captured and applied, and to consider why these are important to the broader discipline of landscape archaeology
  • To understand the information potential and limitations of geophysical and earthwork survey

Module learning outcomes

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

  • Assemble and operate the departmental geophysical equipment
  • Understand survey basics and be able to set out a control framework to capture their own data

· Acquire mapping data sets from online repositories

  • Carry out data processing at a basic level, and interpret and present geophysical results

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.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay: Critique
N/A 50
Practical: Field Archaeology S
N/A 50

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay: Critique
N/A 50
Practical: Field Archaeology S
N/A 50

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