Summer 2024 - ARCH 434 D100

Archaeological Field Methods (3)

Class Number: 3648

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 6 – Jun 17, 2024: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, 9:30–11:20 a.m.

    May 6 – Jun 17, 2024: 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 controlled excavation.  This course is to be taken in conjunction with Arch 435-6 Fieldwork Practicum. 


  • Five fieldwork exercises 70%
  • Final examination 30%



Readings to be assigned.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

Registrar Notes:


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