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.