United Kingdom, Bristol

Archaeology Field School

when 5 July 2020 - 18 July 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee GBP 2745

Are you looking or an experiential learning opportunity that combines theory with practice? Our 2-week field-based summer school offers a unique opportunity to excavate a recently discovered site from the Medieval Anarchy period.

Course leader

Dr. Konstantinos Trimmis

Target group

Undergraduate students studying anthropology, archaeology, history, sociology, museum studies or conservation. No previous field work experience is required.
Students on this programme will work alongside University of Bristol students.

Course aim

Over the course of the programme you will:

Gain a solid grounding in anthropological archaeology theory and practice
Spend at least 9 days on site, working directly to excavate and uncover finds
Undertake hands-on technical training, supported by academic workshops and on-site instruction
Learn to use cutting edge geophysics and photogrammetry equipment, including Ground Penetrating Radar, Magnetometry, and Airborne photogrammetry
Develop your skills across of range of career-ready methods including archaeological survey, archaeological excavation, and recording techniques such as archaeological drawing methods, the use of record sheets and the documentation of finds
Learn how to assess the significance of an archaeological site within its heritage setting in general, and that of the medieval landscape of Somerset in particular
Undertake analysis in the Archaeological Science Laboratories at the University of Bristol’s main campus
Become familiar with laboratory protocols, working closely with the materials their digging has generated
Key skills you will develop include:

Practical skills and an understanding of the full excavation process, documentation process, and record keeping
The ability to describe and employ field skills used by archaeologists
Describe and explain the chronological relationships between various archaeological deposits
Evidence-driven analysis of the historic and geographical landscape
Organisational skills
Teamwork and collaboration
Communication skills (written and oral)
Reflective practice and the ability to connect material culture with written records

Credits info

5 EC
10 University of Bristol credits, normally suggested as equivalent to 5 ECTS or 2.5-3 US semester credits.

Fee info

GBP 2745: The programme fee includes:
All tuition and course materials.
Catered single-room accommodation, with breakfast and evening meals throughout the programme and packed lunches when on site.
Supportive student mentors on call 24-7 and available to help with your questions and activities.
An exciting social programme, including weekend trips.
Several meals at restaurants across Bristol and as part of your weekend trips.
Transfers within Bristol from the airport, coach station or train station to residence on arrivals and departures day.