ARCH06037 2013 ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEYING

General Details

Full Title
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEYING
Transcript Title
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEYING
Code
ARCH06037
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ARCH - Archaeology
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
06 - NFQ Level 6
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Author(s)
Billy Fitzgerald, Fiona Beglane, Sam Moore
Programme Membership
SG_SAPPL_H08 201300 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_B07 201700 Bachelor of Science in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_C06 201700 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology
Description

The module will introduce and develop an understanding of archaeological field techniques and surveying.

The aims of the course are to introduce students to:

  • The principles of archaeological survey.
  • Application of those principles in practice.
  • Basic survey techniques using traditional methods.
  • An introduction to electronic and GPS survey equipment.
  • Developing an ability to identify and interpret archaeological field monuments.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.
Demonstrate an awareness of the basic principles of archaeological survey.
2.
Employ basic techniques and equipment to survey and record archaeological sites in the field.
3.
Evaluate the merits and shortcomings of different methodological and theoretical approaches in archaeological surveying.
4.

Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the use and application of surveying equipment

5.
Demonstrate understanding of the importance of archaeological survey in relation to field archaeology and integrated approaches to field archaeology.
6.
Express data and concepts related to archaeological survey through both written and oral media.

Module Assessment Strategies

The assessment strategies are designed to promote understanding of the basic cocepts and practical understanding of archaeological surveying. As this is a practical-based module the assesment strategy is continuous assessment.

Module Dependencies

Prerequisites
None
Co-requisites
None
Incompatibles
None

Indicative Syllabus

Examination of why we carry out archaeological survey and introduction of integrated archaeological field work.

National Monument Service monument description sheet.

Explore mapping and maps.

Plotting grid layouts. Explaining scale.

Feature mapping.

Co-ordinate systems and Measurement of height.

The Engineer's Level and levelling.

Field trip to various local archaeological sites and discussion of approaches to measuring them and technical terms in descriptions

Earthen monument survey and survey strategy.

Introduction to digital mapping

 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Practicals Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % OnGoing 2,3,6
2 Field note books Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % Week 14 1,2,3,4,5,6
3 Group field project Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Not Specified Survey work 3 Weekly 3.00
Group Learning Science Laboratory Lectures and group work - archaeology lab 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self study 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources
Bettess, F. 1998. Surveying for Archaeologists. 3rd Ed. Dept of Archaeology, University of Durham

Further literature to be provided by the lecturer.

Other Resources

None

Additional Information

Much of this surveying module is conducted outside on campus grounds and on a nearby archaeological site: the Greenfort. It is essential students have sensible weatherproof clothing (layers are useful) and footwear.