Archaeological Practice

Module code: AR3551

Module co-ordinator: Dr Huw Barton

This module requires compulsory attendance at a week-long practical laboratory-based session in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester. This module is run only twice a year: firstly, with the laboratory session held in May, which means that there is no gap between completing the previous module (which should have started in February) and starting this one; and secondly with the laboratory session held in September, which means there is no gap between completing the previous module (which should have started in June) and starting this one. However, you will have a longer period than usual in your module timetable after the laboratory-based week before starting your next module.

The module usually covers four different archaeological materials or data-gathering methods, and these may include: animal bones, human bones, buildings survey, DNA, lithics, and pottery – not all of these will be offered in each week in every year, and you will need to talk to us to find out which materials and approaches will be running. It is not possible to substitute this module with work at another institution.


  • Practical Classes and Workshops
  • Guided Independent Study


  • Short Exercise, 1,000 words (10%)
  • Report, 2,500 words (45%)
  • Report, 2,500 words (45%)
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