Fall 2021 - ARCH 434 D100

Archaeological Field Methods (3)

Class Number: 5910

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

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

  • Instructor:

    David Burley
    1 778 782-4196
    Office: SWH 9109
    Office Hours: Th 9:30-11:30
  • 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 field work in British Columbia. These include preparation of two dimensional maps, contour map interpolation and drawing, recording of vertical elevations for maps and other data, and stratigraphic recording. If taken independent of Arch 435-4 (Field Research), the class will be blended with five online asynchonous lectures and tutorials combined with 8 weeks of in class instruction. If taken simultaneous with Arch 435, classes will be on campus


  • Four Exercise Submissions (10%, 15%, 20%, and 15% each) 60%
  • Quiz 1 20%
  • Quiz 2 20%



Readings will be taken from Knut Fladmark (1978) A Guide to Basic Archaeological Field Procedures, Dept of Archaeology, SFU. These will be circulated on-line. Other readings, where appropriate, will be assigned.

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 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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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 (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.