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ARCH3046 Specialist Research Topic in Archaeology

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Identify an archaeological research problem and select methods appropriate to answer it.
  • Describe the process through which data sets are audited and managed.
  • Synthesise different types of evidence and consider ways in which they can be integrated
  • Recognise the suitability of different theoretical positions with regard to the questions you are addressing
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Distinguish the variable qualities of data drawn from different subject domains (e.g. text, material culture, geoarchaeological)
  • Produce a report/paper suitable for presentation in academic or commercial context
  • Identify patterns in archaeological datasets
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Work successfully in a group
  • Manage a project from start to finish
  • Give presentations to a group and respond to feedback


This module adopts a problem orientated approach to education and has three clear elements. One: in the first sessions you will be introduced to the research problem to be addressed. Two: These meetings explore methods appropriate to the topic. Three: Students will carry out and write up a piece of research addressing the core topic. The exact nature of how the above plays out will depend on the topics selected each year and, crucially, student input into how the problems might be addressed.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module adopts a deliberately different approach to that used in most archaeology modules. The research problem provides the centre point, with small group teaching used to explore potential ways of casting light on it. As such, seminars and lab sessions will provide the core of contact hours.

Independent Study130
Practical classes and workshops14
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

The Archaeological Data Service guide to UAV Survey.

The Archaeological Data Service guide to good practice – 3D Models.

The Historic England Guide to Photogrammetry.

The Archaeological Data Service guide to good practice – planning for the creation of digital data.



Abstract and Presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Paper or report  (2000 words) 80%
Project design  (500 words) 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


No additional costs have been associated with this module.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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