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ME3105 Archaeological Methods

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:See

This module explains modern archaeological methods, introducing the techniques available to researchers for investigating archaeological sites. The module will demonstrate how successful projects combine a range of disciplines, including archival research, scientific analysis and the digital recording techniques. The module will use real examples from local sites in and around St Andrews, and will combine classroom learning and practical sessions. The aim is to make students familiar with techniques and methods that are applicable around the world. Students will learn how to plan and organise archaeological projects, preparing them to pose research questions and develop projects that employ the appropriate techniques.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for Mediaeval History & Archaeology degree

Optional for Ancient History & Archaeology, History, Mediaeval History, BA (Intl Hons) History, Scottish History, BA (Intl Hons) Classics

UG Pre-requisite(s):60 credits from ME1003, ME1006, ME2003, HI2001, MH2002 OR 60 credits from AN1002, AN2002, AN2003, CL2004

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 seminar (x 11 weeks), 1 practical class (x 6 weeks)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 28
  • Guided independent study: 275

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 30%
  • Coursework: 70%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module coordinator:Mr T Dawson
Module teaching staff:Mr T Dawson, Miss J Humbly, Ms E Allsop