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Undergraduate Course: Archaeological Fieldwork (ARCA10013)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryArchaeological Fieldwork is designed to enable the integration of field and practical work into the Single Honours and Joint Honours curricula and to provide a mechanism for the assessment of the commitment, experience and expertise of students in these domains. The course aims to provide a bridge between the accumulation of data in archaeology, and its incorporation into wider syntheses. To place such work in its archaeological context and allow students to digest the importance of what they have experienced during the vacation and hence to relate field practical work to the theoretical concerns of the discipline.
Course description The course "Archaeological Fieldwork" is designed to integrate field and practical work into the Archaeology Honours curriculum. This course offers recognition of the initiative and dedication of students who continue to participate in practical archaeological work beyond the mandatory fieldwork requirement. "Practical experience" is widely defined and can be gained through excavation, surveying, laboratory work including find processing and analysis, museum or archive work, curatorial experience or public archaeology...
Students will develop aspects of the experiences they have acquired during their diverse fieldwork/practical work projects through the creation of three different pieces of assessment: a portfolio which reports on the actual projects and asks for reflection and discussion of this experience; a seminar presentation and the Archaeological Fieldwork essay ask for elaboration on topics which have been inspired by the student's first-hand experience.
Apart from encouraging students to participate in the practice of archaeology from an early stage, the course aims to motivate more intensive, critical reflection on primary data gathering, archaeological practices and ethics and the varied challenges encountered while working in the field and during engagement with the general public. The course also wishes to enhance students' presentation and reporting skills. As a result, the distinctiveness of a substantial and successfully-completed contribution to field-based research or applied archaeological experience will be recognised in the students' degree transcript.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Archaeology 2A: Scotland before History (ARCA08013) AND Archaeology 2B: Archaeology in Action (ARCA08012)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is not available to students on the BA Humanities and Social Science.
Additional Costs Fieldwork costs (variable).
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  5
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 3, Fieldwork Hours 350, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 188 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 67 %, Practical Exam 33 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework (all worth one third): Seminar Presentation, Portfolio (2,000 words plus Reflective Log not exceeding 1,000 words) and Fieldwork Essay (3,000 words).
Feedback unmarked mock-up presentation, continuous formative feedback through regular voluntary 1:1 meetings
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate command of the body of knowledge considered in the course
  2. Read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship
  3. Understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material
  4. Develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence
  5. Demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers
Reading List
Reading material will depend on the fieldwork type and topic chosen.
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Course organiserDr Ulf-Dietrich Schoop
Tel: (0131 6)50 2503
Course secretaryMiss Claire Brown
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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