This first-year Core Course runs in Term 2 and provides an introduction to archaeological field methods and techniques.
Topics covered will include: locating archaeological sites; methods of archaeological survey; planning and costing field projects and excavation; excavating archaeological sites – general principles; excavating archaeological sites – specific techniques; recording archaeological sites; dating and sampling archaeological sites; post-fieldwork planning post-excavation analysis and research and the publication of fieldwork reports.
Taught through lectures, smaller group practical classes and a fieldwork training course. The teaching will culminate in a two-week field training course in Sussex during May / June, where students will undertake a broad range of the archaeological excavation, recording and survey techniques previously discussed in lectures. In the Reading Week of Term 2 all students attend a one day demonstration and practical at the London Archaeological Archive Centre (LAARC).
This course is only available to those enrolled for undergraduate degrees at the Institute of Archaeology.