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Practical field techniques



Practical field techniques will consist of 8 shifts.
Each of the shifts will cover one of the following techniques:

  • Setting the dumpy level, transferring a height with a levelling rod and noting down the values in the level register;

  • Measuring and mapping ground level elevations in a field;

  • Drawing (top-)plans to scale and applying archaeological drawing conventions;

  • Drawing (half-)sections to scale and applying archaeological drawing conventions.

Course objectives

After finishing this course, students will have mastered these practical archaeological fieldwork techniques on an elementary level.


This course will be scheduled on Mondays and Tuesdays in block 1. Students will be divided into 6 groups. The exact timetable depends on the group to which you will be assigned.
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Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Practical.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 32 hours of practical work;

  • Reader and assignments.

Assessment method


The assignments are to be handed in immediately after the practical has been finished.

Reading list



Registration for the course is not necessary, registration for the exam is mandatory. For instructions, see the Registration in uSis page.


For more information about this course, please contact mw. dr. R.M.R. van Oosten.


Compulsory attendance.