HFAK03331U F. ARK Advanced Archaeological Methods

Volume 2019/2020

This course concerns the dissemination and training in archaeological methods at a specialized level. The course consists of two modules:


1) Advanced Field Archaeology 

This module is a field course conducted in wetland contexts. The goal of the module is to introduce and educate students in a series of advanced archaeological/biological field methodologies aimed at locating and investigating archaeological contexts. Moreover the goal is to train the students to analyze and describe a prehistortic environment and to "reconstruct" a cultural landscape at a given time. The coruse is currently focused on late glacial and early Holocene contexts, i.e. the early late Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods of southern Scandinavia. The actual course location and study area is the large peat bogs of southern and western Zealand (Denmark) known for their preservation and numerous archaeological sites. 


At this module the following wetland archaeological methodologies will be introduced:

a) Introduction to following wetland archaeological methodologies for locating and describing late glacial and early Holocene geological contexts in wetlands and kettle holes. 

b) Systematic surveys, e.g., geological coring, followed by recognition and recording of archaeological settlements in wetland contexts 

c) The planning and conduction of test excavations in order to evaluate an archaeological site concerning its preservation and archaeological potential, in wetland contexts. 


2) Advanced Archaeological Documentation and Analysis 

This module aims to provide the student with insights in different new and/or advanced documentation and analyses methods and further how their choice of methods affects the interpretation of ancient societies and their complexity. Additionally, the course explores the challenges of integrating scientific and 3D data into an archaeological framework. Another goal is to train the students in different presentation methods such as writing an article and give presentations in English. 


At this module the following will be introduced:

a) Oral presentation

b) Different types of databases, open access and additionally data management and code of conduct 

c) New and/or advanced techniques from the natural sciences and how they may be applied in the humanities, the processes involved, and the range of potential results in the use of scentific methods such as ancient DNA, protein and isotope analyses. 

d) The use of 3D applications in archaeology 

1) Advanced Field Archaeology 
The course is introduced by a series of meetings and introductions to the methodologies followed by a 2 week intensive field course and finalized by the handing in of a report on the studied contexts.

2) Advanced Archaeological Documentation and Analysis 
The course is a series of seminars and workshops.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exercises
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 154
  • Total
  • 182
Type of assessment
Oral examination
Exam registration requirements

This form of examination is for the students on the study programme of 2018

See the study programme here (in Danish).

All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship

Same as the ordinary examination. 

Criteria for exam assesment

Exam form: Free oral exam with material (presentation of a topic chosen by the student).

Time: 30 minutes including grading. No time is allocated for preparation.

The material consist of a number of written assignments of 16-20 pages in total.

The grading: Internal exam with two or more examiners, and graded according to the 7-point grading scale.

The material counts as 50% of the grading, the oral presentation as 50%.


The exam can only be taken individually

Exam language: English


Special conditions:

The exam starts with the student presenting (15 minutes), after which there are 10 minutes for dialogue with examiners and 5 minutes for grading. The material consist of a number of written assignments that has been handed in during the semester. If the assignments have been handed in by the deadline set by the lecturer, the student will receive feedback on the assignments.