Institute of Archaeology


Field Methods

This module provides an introduction to archaeological field methods and techniques.

This first-year core module runs in Term 2 with topics including: 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 module is only available to those enrolled for undergraduate degrees at the Institute of Archaeology.

Module information

  • Code: ARCL0011 
  • Credits: 15
  • Coordinator: Mark Roberts
  • Handbook: open»

For registered students


  • Runs every year