Summer 2023 - ARCH 434 D100

Archaeological Field Methods (3)

Class Number: 4179

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 8 – Jun 19, 2023: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, 9:30–11:20 a.m.

    May 8 – Jun 19, 2023: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, 12:30–3:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 282 or 372 and permission of the department. Normally taken concurrently with ARCH 433 and 435.



A series of exercises in which the student must demonstrate the ability to apply the various recording and mapping skills covered in the course. The graded exercises are done individually and in teams, both on-campus and in the field.


This course is focused on archaeological field methods ranging from survey and excavation approaches to concerns for data recovery and its documentation. It combines a series of lectures with practical exercises appropriate to fieldwork in British Columbia. These include the use and preparation of maps, excavation and feature documentation, stratigraphic documentation, sample collection in the field, sediment and soil descriptions, artifact/faunal considerations, and curation. This course is to be taken in conjunction with Arch 435-6 Fieldwork Practicum. 


  • Compass Bearings and Distance Measure 10%
  • two Dimensional Archaeological Maps 15%
  • Elevations and Three Dimension Maps 20%
  • Recording Archaeological Sites 15%
  • Stratigraphic and Feature Recording 15%
  • Final Quiz 25%



To be assigned as needed


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