This module will provide a framework for fieldwork training undertaken on University of Kent training excavations, or approved partners, supported by a SECL archaeological fieldwork bursary, to assist with the costs involved in a participation of 15 working days, normally including social and educational activities such as a museum trip and an orientation day.
The module will permit three alternative pathways, in excavation, survey or museum studies. Assessment will be in the form of an illustrated portfolio featuring a description of the project and an account of each type of work undertaken by the student. Project directors will be provided with a checklist of fieldwork tasks to be completed, of which a minimum number will be mandatory.
Staff teaching on this module will be provided with a Kent –approved fieldwork checklist of skills to train students a range of no less than ten skills appropriate to fieldwork that will result in a broad portfolio illustrating the best work done on site.
This module appears in the following module collections.
Total Contact Hours: 40
Method of assessment
Portfolio (6,000 words) – 80%
Fieldwork Performance – 20%
Indicative Reading List -
Barker P. (1993) Techniques of Archaeological Excavation, London: Batsford
Bettess F. (1998) Surveying for Archaeologists, 3rd Edition, Durham: Department of Archaeology Durham University
Hawker J. M. (1999) A Manual of Archaeological Field Drawing, Hertford: Rescue – The British Archaeological Trust
Roskams S. (2001) Excavation, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Watkinson D. and Neal V. (1998) First Aid for Finds, London: Rescue and United Kingdom Institute for Conservation Archaeology Section.
Westman A. (1994) Archaeological Site Manual, London: Museum of London
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding as to how to participate responsibly in archaeological field projects, with regard to their safety, that of others and towards the careful handling of archaeological evidence;
- Demonstrate detailed knowledge of, and competence in, a range of techniques of archaeological fieldwork or post-excavation analysis;
- Demonstrate critical understanding of the principles of archaeological recording;
- Provide an insightful written account of the work they undertook, with reference to published industry recording standards.
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