Introduction to Archaeological Field Methods and Techniques
An introduction to archaeological field methods and techniques based on lectures, small group practical classes and fieldwork. The majority of the teaching will take place in the first two terms, with a four-day experimental archaeology field-course taking place at the end of the first week of the first term. During May / June there will be a two-week field training course and a one-week archive archaeology course. The elements covered by the course will include:
- survey techniques including aerial survey, geophysics and field walking;
- excavation strategies and recording including planning and photography;
- sampling strategies for environmental and dating evidence;
- post-excavation, publication and archiving.
The development of basic computing skills, the use of reference collections, and the analysis of raw data, will all be an integral part of the course.