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Unit information: Archaeological Methods and Techniques (Advanced) in 2015/16

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Unit name Archaeological Methods and Techniques (Advanced)
Unit code ARCH35002
Credit points 30
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mr. Paul Driscoll
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

In this Unit the student will develop their practical methodological skills that were introduced in the Level 1 Certificate. These will include development of practical field techniques in areas such as I) geophysics, ii) aerial and ground survey interpretation iii) the use of GIS in archaeology iv) archaeological excavation techniques and post-excavation analysis. The student will be expected to reach a minimum level of competence in each of these fields. All students will participate on a recognised training excavation and will have completed 6 weeks in the field over the two years that the course runs.


This unit will further develop practical methodological skills, which were introduced in the Certificate course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

You will become confident and competent in the use of a wide range of equipment and techniques used in modern field-archaeology.

You will become competent in the analysis and interpretation of the data collected.

Teaching Information

Taught over 4 weekends (x4 all day lectures, x4 all day field trips)

Assessment Information

Two Essays (3000 words each) and one assessed seminar presentation (30 mins), each piece of assessment is equally weighted (33.3%)

Reading and References

Barker, P. 1998. The Techniques of Archaeological Excavation (3rd ed.). London: Batsford.

Bowden, M. 1999. Unravelling the Landscape: An inquisitive approach to archaeology. Stroud: Tempus.

Clark, A. 1996. Seeing Beneath the Soil: Prospective Methods in Archaeology. London: Routledge.

Gater, J. and Gaffney, C. 2003. Revealing the Buried Past. Stroud: Tempus.

Wilson, D. 2000. Air Photography for Archaeologists. Stroud: Tempus.