Fall 2020 - ARCH 434 D100

Archaeological Field Methods (3)

Class Number: 8129

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SWH 9084, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    David Burley
    1 778 782-4196
    Office: SWH 9109
  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 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 provides an overview of methods and techniques employed in archaeological fieldwork from survey and excavation approaches to sample collection strategies and rationales. The first nine weeks will involve on line coursework. The final four weeks will be held at the SFU Burnaby campus where students will be engaged in fieldwork exercises including map preparation, stratigraphic recording, and other practical field skills. SFU-defined Covid-19 protocols will be followed for this component of the course.


  • Two Quizzes 50%
  • Field Exercises 40%
  • Tutorial Participation 10%


Classes are Mondays 9:30 to 12:20. This includes a 2 hr lecture and required tutorial. Following the first class, the 2 hr lecture will be posted (Canvas) and can be accessed in asynchronous fashion prior to tutorial. The tutorial will be in Zoom; attendance is required. Weeks 10–13 field exercises will be in the assigned time slot.   



Field Archaeology: An Introduction (2nd Edition). Peter Drewett (2011), Routledge.
ISBN: 9780415551199

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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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).