ARCH06037 2019 Archaeological Surveying

General Details

Full Title
Archaeological Surveying
Transcript Title
Archaeological Surveying
70 %
Subject Area
ARCH - Archaeology
ESCI - Environmental Science
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Frances Lucy, Sam Moore, Shirley Markley
Programme Membership
SG_SAPPL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Archaeology

The module will introduce and develop an understanding of archaeological field techniques and surveying with students being introduced to the principles of archaeological survey and the application of those principles in practice through the use of basic survey techniques using traditional methods of tapes and offsets. Drawing sections and plans on excavations, and developing an ability to identify and interpret archaeological field monuments are other facets of the course. Students will also get an introduction to electronic and GPS survey equipment..

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate an awareness of the basic principles of archaeological survey.
Employ basic techniques and equipment to survey and record archaeological sites in the field.

Demonstrate the ability to draw scaled plans, sections and profiles of archaeological monuments and features.


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

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

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full time. This will include lectures, class and field practicals, augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Many of the field practicals involve teamwork and co-operation.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% Continuous Assessment.

This is broken down into practical on-going assessments making up 50% of the overall mark where students complete six drawing exercises to scale.

40% of the overall grade is from individual field notebooks the students keep, principally containing two map and plan drawing exercises.

10% of the overall grade is from two class tests.


Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Topics for this module include an examination of why we carry out archaeological survey and of integrated archaeological field work. Students are introduced to the National Monument Service monument description sheet and how to complete it and other record sheets, as well as understanding and using maps. Practical on-campus field work includes plotting grid layouts and feature mapping to scale. Students also learn about co-ordinate systems and measurement of height ; using the Engineer's Level and drawing plans, profiles and sections to scale.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Practical drawing exercises Continuous Assessment Assessment 50 % OnGoing 2,3,6
2 Field note book Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % Week 13 1,2,3,4,5,6
3 Class tests Continuous Assessment Assignment 10 % OnGoing 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

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
1984 Surveying for Archaeologists
ISBN 0900926503 ISBN-13 9780900926501
Required Reading
1990-06 Archaeological Site Manual (Me-prac) Museum of London
ISBN 0904818403 ISBN-13 9780904818406

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.

Journal Resources

RCAHMS 2011 Practical guide to recordingarchaeological sites  -

URL Resources

Other Resources


Additional Information

Much of this surveying module is conducted outside on campus grounds. It is essential students have sensible weatherproof clothing (layers are useful) and footwear.