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Undergraduate Course: Classical Archaeology in the Field and the Museum (CACA08013)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits0 ECTS Credits0
SummaryFieldwork and museum experience are fundamental to the study of Classical Archaeology. During the summer after their first year, students will participate in fieldwork, a museum internship or a series of museum visits over a two week period in the summer, either on a project run by staff within the School, or an project outside the School that is approved by the course organiser. Students will thus develop key practical skills in work in the field or museum at an early stage in their degree.
Course description Fieldwork and museum experience are fundamental to the study of Classical Archaeology. During the summer after their first year of study, students will participate over a two week period either in fieldwork (either a project run by staff within the School or an approved project elsewhere), in museum work or an internship, or a series of museum visits related to a Classical Art or Archaeology project. Students will thus develop key practical skills in work in the field or museum at an early stage in their degree.

Approved projects must provide students with experience in the fundamentals of archaeological fieldwork or museum work, including but not limited to, survey and excavation techniques, sampling strategies for environmental samples, artefact recovery and recording, post-excavation cataloguing and recording of material, preservation of collections and organization of exhibitions. A short reflective report on the project and tasks completed will develop key skills in communicating the results of fieldwork and/or the presentation of museum artefacts.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on the MA degree in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History.
Additional Costs A contribution will be made to students' costs during their field or museum work to enable all to be able to participate.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  20
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students will be asked to write a short reflective report (1,500 words).
Feedback Students will receive feedback on their reflective report, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours for this course or by appointment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate enhanced employability by developing key practical skills and confidence in archaeological field work or museum work;
  2. demonstrate key practical skills in archaeological recording, excavation methods, or preserving, organizing and analysing museum collections;
  3. demonstrate a good understanding of the aims, methods and results of an approved archaeological field work project or museum-specific project;
  4. demonstrate how the practical aspects of classical archaeology are developed through participation in a fieldwork project or a series of museum visits.
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Course organiserDr Anja Slawisch
Tel: (0131 6)50 6693
Course secretaryMiss Sara Dennison
Tel: (0131 6)50 2501
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