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Archaeological Excavation Methods and Surveying - obligatory classes

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Course ID: 2800-AOSUR-1BA
Erasmus code / ISCED: 08.4 Kod klasyfikacyjny przedmiotu składa się z trzech do pięciu cyfr, przy czym trzy pierwsze oznaczają klasyfikację dziedziny wg. Listy kodów dziedzin obowiązującej w programie Socrates/Erasmus, czwarta (dotąd na ogół 0) – ewentualne uszczegółowienie informacji o dyscyplinie, piąta – stopień zaawansowania przedmiotu ustalony na podstawie roku studiów, dla którego przedmiot jest przeznaczony. / (0222) History and archaeology The ISCED (International Standard Classification of Education) code has been designed by UNESCO.
Course title: Archaeological Excavation Methods and Surveying - obligatory classes
Name in Polish: Archaeological Excavation Methods and Surveying - obligatory classes
Organizational unit: Faculty of Archeology
Course groups: Obligatory classes for BA first-cycle English-language studies 1st year
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): 4.00 Basic information on ECTS credits allocation principles:
  • the annual hourly workload of the student’s work required to achieve the expected learning outcomes for a given stage is 1500-1800h, corresponding to 60 ECTS;
  • the student’s weekly hourly workload is 45 h;
  • 1 ECTS point corresponds to 25-30 hours of student work needed to achieve the assumed learning outcomes;
  • weekly student workload necessary to achieve the assumed learning outcomes allows to obtain 1.5 ECTS;
  • work required to pass the course, which has been assigned 3 ECTS, constitutes 10% of the semester student load.
Language: English
Type of course:

obligatory courses

Prerequisites (description):

Knowledge of the use of the selected Internet geospatial sources of

information is required while working during classes. Primarily, the ability

to extract information from the archaeological sites that provide data on

the location and state of preservation of e.g. topographic, photographic

data, archival descriptions, etc.



Short description:

Classes are arranged in a form of exercises. The general aim is to familiarize

participants with the documentation workshop typically used during

excavations and surveys. Series of classes consist of numerous examples of

research methods and techniques in relation to various types of

archaeological sites.

Full description:

Exercises and laboratories, serving as a frame of the classes, are aimed at

broadening common knowledge about the subject and familiarizing with

the use of methodology of archaeological work. Training and practice will

be key elements of obtaining knowledge of how to use the methods and

techniques of measuring, computing and visualization. Archaeological

documentation experience on data management, obtaining information and

organizing knowledge about specific sites is expected as a possible result

and effect of the course.

The program of the classes consists of:

1. Compiling components of the archaeological site plan.

2. Calibration of photographic documentation.

3. Basic analysis of the nondestructive works:

a. LiDAR (airborne laser scanning)

b. Geophysical surveys.

c. Aerial imagery.

d. Topographical measurements.

4. Methodological aspects of surveying for archaeological purposes.

5. Survey equipment:

a. optical level

b. optical theodolite

c. electronic tachymeter

d. GNSS (global navigation satellite) system

Practical use of survey equipment for archeological documentation:

- topographical measurements

- stakeout and set up of trenches and other archaeological polygons

- registration of the points required for archaeological documentation

Bibliography: (in Polish)


London 1992

Colin Renfrew, Paul Bahn, ARCHAEOLOGY. THEORIES,

METHODS and PRACTISE London 2012

Learning outcomes:

Basic skills in using dedicated software applications: AutoCAD, Quantum

GIS, SAGA GIS for archaeological purposes.

General working-knowledge of measurement survey equipment used for

excavations and prospection works.

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

Participants obtain basic skills of assessing possibilities of applying

dedicated equipment and applications for archaeological documentation


Methods & grading criteria

Graded assessment:

Participation and documentation preparation of the selected archaeological

sites are the most important elements of the final grade. Elementary

knowledge of survey instruments operations for field evaluations will be an

additional part of grade.

Type of classes:

Classes in computer laboratory and outdoor if necessary.

Classes in period "Academic year 2023/24" (past)

Time span: 2023-10-01 - 2024-06-16
Selected timetable range:
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Type of class:
Seminar, 60 hours, 20 places more information
Coordinators: Wiesław Małkowski
Group instructors: Wiesław Małkowski
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