Institute of Archaeology

Field Methods

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.

Course information

  • Code: ARCL1015
  • Course unit value: 0.5
  • Coordinator: Mark Roberts
  • Prerequisite:
  • Handbook: please see Moodle

For registered students


  • Runs every year

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