Aims and Methods in Archaeology

Module code: AR1551

This module provides an introduction to key ideas and issues, including a discussion of what archaeology actually is, and what archaeologists actually do.
How do archaeologists find sites, and how do they get information from sites? How do archaeologists work out the date of a site? What are the common artefacts found on archaeological sites, and how are they analysed? This module provides a good foundation for moving on to the other modules at level 1 and beyond.


This module is studied by Distance Learning. Teaching materials will include a module workbook and set readings, some of which may be delivered through Blackboard.


  • Practical exercises (40%)
  • Essay, 2,000 words (60%)