Summer 2023 - ARCH 435 D100

Field Work Practicum

Class Number: 4123

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 8 – Jun 19, 2023: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, 9:30 a.m.–1:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 282 or 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. Variable units: 3, 4, 5, 6.


This course provides the student with practical experience in archaeological field research and data recording. It involves working four to five days a week on an archaeological project in North Vancouver for a three week period. Students will participate in archaeological excavation, archaeological survey and archaeological site assessment projects. Curation and preliminary analysis of recovered materials will be carried out at the end of the project on campus at SFU. This course will involve a degree of physical activity and work conditions that may not be ideal for some. Students will need to independently commute to the field site on a daily basis.  Arch 435-6 is normally taken in conjuction with Arch 434-3 (Field Methods).


  • Site Report Review 30%
  • Field Work Forms and Documents 20%
  • Fieldwork Assessment 50%



Readings to be assigned.


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Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112) 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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