Summer 2017 - ARCH 435 D100

Field Work Practicum (6)

Class Number: 6074

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr 9:30 AM – 5:20 PM
    EDB 9643, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    David Burley
    Office: SWH 9109
    Office Hours: TBA
  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 372 and permission of the Department. Normally taken concurrently with ARCH 433 and 434.



A practical application of the background knowledge and specific techniques of ARCH 433 and 434. It takes place in a research oriented field excavation. Evaluation of student performance is based upon assessments of efficiency and accuracy of excavation techniques/recording procedures, and upon the student's overall contribution to the smooth functioning of the team. Students may repeat this course for credit when the field project is different.


The fieldwork practicum involves the application of techniques learned in the on-campus segment of the field school program (Arch 434-3). The course provides the student with field experience in archaeological excavations and data recording. It involves working daily on an archaeological project directed by the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation with the intended location being Barnett Marine Park.  Tsleil-Waututh employed archaeologists are project supervisors and will direct student participation.  Curation and preliminary analysis of excavated materials will be carried out in the Tsleil-Waututh Archaeology Labs at the end of the project. This course involves fieldwork requiring a degree of physical labour and work conditions that may not be ideal (rain, mud etc).


  • Student Project 30%
  • Field Notes/Forms 30%
  • Field/laboratory Assessment 40%


To be taken concurrently with ARCH 434-3.

Each student will be charged a mandatory course fee of $200 in their student account for field trips, incidental field costs and occasional transport. Students will be responsible for supplying their own field kit based on a list provided by the Instructor.




Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

Deferred grades will be given only on the basis of authenticated medical disability.

Registrar Notes:

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