Syllabus for Advanced Field Course in Archaeology

Avancerad fältkurs i arkeologi


  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 5AR767
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Archaeology A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Established: 2014-10-20
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Revised: 2018-02-19
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Spring 2018
  • Entry requirements:

    A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university, with Archaeology as the main field of study.

  • Responsible department: Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

Learning outcomes

After passed examination of the course, students should be able to:

  • under supervision plan and lead archaeological field activities,
  • be responsible for management of finds and parts of the report writing,
  • convey archeological knowledge in various media.


The course is research-oriented and focuses on providing skills in problematising, planning and practically performing a field work. Great importance is given to participating in the management and execution of the field work by assigning responsibility for a part in excavation and conducting bargain management and parts of the report writing for the specific surface. This includes participation in planning an archaeological survey and excavation in consultation with project manager / course teacher, as well as leading the documentation within a clearly defined area of responsibility in the conduct of the business and subsequent bargaining, analysis and report writing. Emphasis is also placed on the dissemination of archaeological knowledge in web-based media.


The course consists of two parts of five weeks each. The first part consists of lectures and practical exercises that deal with project planning, field survey methodology, documentation, field measurement, soil theory, macrophysiology analysis, archaeological prediction methodology, administration, leadership and mediation. The second part consists of the actual field survey, when the student under the supervision of a teacher manages a group of students with subsequent bargaining and report writing. A responsibility to convey the group's results on a digging blog, etc., also forms part of the education. Teaching is given mainly in Swedish.


The course introductory theoretical part is examined by seminar participation / submission of exercises and a written final PM. The field part is examined by attendance and practical implementation of exercises and submission of excavation reports.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Other directives

Course literature in the form of reports and archive material is written in Swedish which participants are expected to be able to take part of.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2018

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Berggren, Å; Burström, M Reflexiv fältarkeologi? Återsken av ett seminarium

    Riksantikvarieämbetet och Malmö kulturmiljö, 2002

  • Fahlander, F En guide till den arkeologiska verksamheten

    Göteborgs universitet, 2004-2007

  • Kimball, Justin J. L. 3D delineation : a modernisation of drawing methodology for field archaeology

    Oxford: Archaopress Publishing Ltd., 2016

    Find in the library


  • Kjellberg, Joakim; Kaliff, Anders; Melander, V.N.L. Manual för arkeologiskt fältarbete och dokumentation

    Uppsala Universitet, Institutionen för arkeologi och antik historia, 2016

  • Petré, B Arkeologisk undersökningsteknik: Exempel på metoder och dokumentation vid arkeologiska undersökningar

    Stockholm Archaeological Reports, 0990

  • Roskams, Steve Excavation

    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001

    Find in the library

  • Gembert, Björn; Ericsson, Birgitta Kvartärgeologi : kompendium för grundkurs i geovetenskap

    6. omarb. uppl.: Uppsala: Univ., 1996

    Find in the library