Archaeology Workplace S1
Run by School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Karen Pollock
Overall aims and purpose
The placements seek to provide students with an understanding of the practical application of their academic knowledge of History, Welsh History or Archaeology to professional fields that are intimately associated with those disciplines.
The student normally spends one day a week during the appropriate semester, and in total about 70 hours, working in an archives office, an archaeological unit or a museum service undertaking specific tasks of a practical as well as an academic nature as given them by the officer(s) in charge. These typically include drawing up inventories, collating field evidence, drawing up catalogues of discrete manuscript or artefact collections, as well as at times dealing with public enquiries.
Currently the Department has agreements with most of the archive record offices in north Wales, but especially at Caernarfon and Llangefni, with the Gwynedd Archaeological Trust, with Oriel Bangor and Oriel Môn at Llangefni and the regimental Museum at Caernarfon. Approved excavation training courses may qualify if of sufficient duration and rigour and conform to the Course Guidelines.
Students should also be aware that there are health and safety implications to all placements.
Threshold students (lower 40s) will demonstrate an appropriate range or depth of knowledge of at least parts of the workplace, and will make partly-successful attempts to frame an argument that engages with the practical work they carried out while in the workplace.
Good students (60s) will show a solid level of achievement in all the criteria of the paragraphs above.
Excellent students (70s and above) will show this level of achievement across the criteria combined with particularly impressive depths of knowledge and/or subtlety of analysis.
Read select texts concerning archival practice or archaeological techniques or museum organisation.
Show regular attendance at the office of the relevant service or unit and adhere to the supervision and direction of the service officers and participate in the public role of that service or unit.
Undertake the searches and/or practical work within the normal sphere of the service or unit's activity.
Produce a report, project or similar work to the professional standard required by the service or unit.
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Teaching and Learning Strategy
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- V400: BA Archaeology year 2 (BA/ARCH)
- V103: BA History and Archaeology year 2 (BA/HA)
- V104: BA Welsh History and Archaeology year 2 (BA/WHAR)
- V401: MArts Archaeology year 2 (MARTS/ARCH)
Optional in courses:
- VV41: BA Herit, Archae & Hist year 2 (BA/HAH)
- VV42: BA Heritage, Archaeology & History with International Exp year 2 (BA/HAHIE)