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WFTR411 - Applied Methodology Survey and Excavation

This hands-on course is intended to allow the student the opportunity to work along with an experienced Archaeological Field Worker. During this time, the student will be exposed to the terminology and duties required out in the field. The student will have the opportunity to apply skills and methodology learned in Introduction to Heritage Management and Methodology, as the student will be excavating a 1 x 1 metre evaluative unit.

 

Hours: 30 (Lecture Hours: 12; Field Experience Hours: 18)

 

Total Weeks: 1

 

Prerequisites:
Students must have successfully completed WFTR 410 Introduction to Heritage Management and Methodology in order to take this course

 

Non-Course Prerequisites:
The fieldwork component of this course can be physically demanding at times (walking, bending, kneeling, lifting buckets). Students are expected to follow safety protocols established by both Northern Lights College and Archer CRM.

 

Co-requisites:
None

 

Course Content:
- Application of archaeological procedures and methodology learned in Introduction to Heritage Management and Methodology
- Shovel testing of pre-designated area of cultural and archaeological significance, with excavation units being placed after testing to evaluate initial field test results.

 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Conduct shovel testing using proper methodology
- Excavate a 1 x 1 metre evaluative unit using either natural or arbitrary layers, following excavation techniques discussed in Part One of the course
- Document understanding of field testing results by clear, concise and accurate note taking
- Interact with other crew members in a professional manner

Skills:
Application of identification, documentation, and analysis procedures learned in Introduction to Heritage Management and Methodology

Technologies:
Artifact Analysis

 

Grading System: Percentage

 

Passing Grade: 75%

 

Percentage of Individual Work: 80

 

Percentage of Group Work: 20

 

Additional Comments:
- The fieldwork component of this course can be physically demanding at times (walking, bending, kneeling, lifting buckets). Students are expected to follow established safety protocols by both Northern Lights College and Archer CRM.
- Assignments will be focused on practical application. Lab Work will consist of cataloging cultural material found during field components. Participants will be required to take accurate field notes and construct site maps.

- As this course is part of a short and intensive program, one hundred percent student attendance is required. Students who do not present a written medical excuse for any absence may face expulsion from the course.

 

Supplies:
- Graph Paper
- Straws
- Cardboard
- Glue
- Basic Field Kit
- Field Safety Vest
- Rite-in-the Rain Field Notebook and Paper
- Marshalltown Trowel
- String
- Tape Measure
- Paintbrush Set
- Dust Pan
- Compass

- Line Level

 

Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.
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