Archaeology Honours Portfolio (Joint) ARCH4003

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The portfolio is designed to allow students to demonstrate and practice their skills in some of the core practical aspects of the subject.


Teaching takes place during field school in summer between L2 and Hons year and in second term of second year. Independent work takes place usually from end of L2 to middle of Honours' years.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Archaeology.

Excluded Courses

Joint Students should not register for code course ARCH4004.


All elements are marked on the 22 point marking scale by first markers, with an overall mark for the course reached by combining the weighted mean of these marks with an overall mark from the convener (2nd marker). All portfolios are then forwarded to external markers.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The portfolio is designed to allow students to demonstrate their skills in some aspects of the core practical aspects of archaeology, both in the laboratory and in the field. By participating in fieldwork and providing an account of one or more aspects of this, the student should be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills gained through undertaking voluntary fieldwork By participating in the Easter class field trip and preparing a report on this experience the student should be able to understand the value of visiting archaeological sites, be able to relate field experiences to material taught during term time, and appreciate the role of presentation of public understanding of archaeological sites.
The components with their credit rating in brackets are EITHER: the transcription and interpretation of an aerial photograph (5) OR TWO of the following four excavation components - the drawing of a section or a plan (2.5), the construction of a Harris matrix from a section drawing (2.5), an artefact study (2.5), and the presentation of completed context sheets including photographs (2.5); AND the fieldwork report (10); AND the fieldtrip report (5).

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completion of the portfolio students will be able to:
· Transcribe archaeological data from aerial photographs and appreciate its potential significance
· Understand, graphically depict and explain basic stratigraphic relationships
· Undertake basic survey of an archaeological site or building and depict and interpret the results
· Undertake a basic artefactual study (either typological or analytical) and interpret the results
· Appreciate the requirements of the formal presentation of the results of a variety of archaeological projects
· Show competence in a number of different practical archaeological skills

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.