Fieldwork Practice - CLAS6770

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 5 30 (15) Steven Willis checkmark-circle


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.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 40
Private Study Hours on Site: 80
Private Study Hours off Site: 180
Total Study Hours: 300


Summer and Autumn

Method of assessment

Portfolio (6,000 words) – 80%
Fieldwork Performance – 20%

Indicative reading

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)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. 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;
2. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of, and competence in, a range of techniques of archaeological fieldwork or post-excavation analysis;
3. Demonstrate critical understanding of the principles of archaeological recording;
4. Provide an insightful written account of the work they undertook, with reference to published industry recording standards.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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