Undergraduate Course: Archaeological Fieldwork - 3 week field project (ARCA08015)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Fieldwork is a fundamental part of archaeology. During the summer after your first year of archaeology, single and joint honours students will undertake a minimum of 3 weeks of archaeological fieldwork, either on a project run by staff within the School, or an approved project outside the School.
Fieldwork is a fundamental part of archaeology. During the summer after your first year of archaeology, single and joint honours students will undertake a minimum of 3 weeks of archaeological fieldwork, either on a project run by staff within the School, or an approved project outside the School. This course provides a systematic framework so that students will gain the maximum benefit from participating in a field project. It builds on introductory concepts in archaeological fieldwork introduced in the first year of study, to develop students' practical skills in the practice of archaeology in the field, and applying theoretical concepts introduced in the classroom. Approved projects must provide students with experience in the fundamentals of archaeological fieldwork, including but not limited to, survey and excavation techniques, sampling strategies for environmental samples, artefact recovery and recording, and post-excavation cataloguing and recording of material. A short report on the project and tasks completed will develop key skills in communicating the results of fieldwork and presentation of archaeological data.
This course is specifically intended for students following an Archaeology (single or joint) degree programme. Please be aware that students enrolled on non-Archaeology degree programmes are not eligible to apply to the Vacation Grant.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Fieldwork Hours -105,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||This is a non-credit bearing course but students are required to pass the course. Students will produce a short report on the project and tasks completed.
||Students will receive written feedback on their report, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the tutor/Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate enhanced employability by developing key practical skills and confidence in archaeological field work, post excavation analysis and field recording methods
- demonstrate by means of fieldwork, key practical skills in archaeological recording and excavation methods
- demonstrate by means of fieldwork, a good understanding of the aims, methods and results of an approved archaeological field work project
- demonstrate by means of fieldwork, how the practical aspects of archaeology are developed through participation in a fieldwork project and they will practice valuable transferable skills of team working, autonomy and initiative.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||In addition to the course specific skills that the students will acquire, they will also show:
-Refinement of observational and recording skills, including specifically drawing and photographic capabilities
-Introduction to survey equipment and other techniques used by Archaeologists
- Improvement of team work skills
-Ability to research defined topics independently
-Visual memory skills
-Analytical skills relating to recording and analysis of primary and secondary evidence
|Keywords||Fieldwork 3 Week
|Course organiser||Dr Lindsey Büster
Tel: (0131 6)51 5223
|Course secretary||Miss Sara Dennison
Tel: (0131 6)50 2501