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Archaeological Field Studies

Course Code: ANTH 2192
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Anthropology
Credits: 6.0
Semester: 8 weeks
Learning Format: Field Experience
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This is a field of course in archaeology, with emphasis on the techniques of archaeological excavation. Additional topics include archaeological theory, techniques of laboratory analysis, and such skills as photography and mapping. To be offered only in the summer.

Course Content

The learning experience will come largely from participating in an archaeological excavation of four to eight weeks duration.  The main content of the course will be the practical aspects of archaeological field work – recognizing a site, mapping, setting up excavation units, excavation procedure, artifact recognition, record keeping, field treatment of artifacts, etc.  In addition, the student will be instructed in archaeological theory and the results of other archaeological projects.

Methods of Instruction

The students will participate in an archaeological excavation as arranged by the college.  They would be expected to put in regular working hours on the project to gain experience in the practical aspects of archaeological excavation.  Some time, however, will be set aside by the instructor for lectures covering such topics as the nature and aims of archaeology and major archaeological discoveries.  In addition, the instructor would spend considerable time with students on an individual basis over the duration of the field course to discuss topics of individual interest.  A field lab will also be set up to provide training in preliminary analysis of artifacts and other archaeological data.

Means of Assessment

The student will be assessed on his or her mastery of fieldwork techniques and contributions to the field project.  Evaluation will vary according to the nature of the specific archaeological field project.  A typical evaluation breakdown, however, would be as follows:

Attendance  20%
Student's Field Notes  30%
Instructor evaluation of student performance
throughout field project
Either: 2 short quizzes or
a project of analysis using the data obtained from excavation   
Total 100%


Learning Outcomes

The student will demonstrate knowledge and ability in the techniques of archaeological excavation.

The student will demonstrate an ability to recognize archaeological artifacts and have some grasp of their significance.

The student will complete detailed and meaningful records of the work he is doing, to provide the raw data for later analysis.

The student will demonstrate an ability to analyze the data recovered by excavation and to present his findings in an orderly report.

course prerequisites

Consent of the Instructor

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


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