Student Practical Experience

COVID-19 Update and Archaeological Fieldwork:

At this stage we do NOT encourage any fieldwork.  This applies particularly to any fieldwork to fulfil our degree requirement.  Currently the university approval system is suspended for any fieldwork scheduled to be undertaken from now.  We will be constantly reviewing the situation and will update you and make necessary amendments.

‌‌The Student Practical Experience Handbook‌ is essential reading for all Archaeology Honours students (and prospective Archaeology Honours students).

All practical experience which will count towards your degree requirement must be approved and then reported on. At least two weeks before going on a project or placement, please fill in the Student Practical Experience Approval Form which will be sent to the Fieldwork Convenor to ensure it will count towards your degree requirement.  At the end of the project or placement make sure you complete the Student Practical Experience Record Form‌ is essential for you to get the provider or supervisor to complete the Student Practical Experience Record Form No2 (Project Director/Supervisor Assessment form.  Send the link to this form to the Project Director/Supervisor for them to complete online. 

The Practical Experience/Fieldwork Convenor is Dr Tessa Poller. Please contact her if you have any queries.

See below for safety videos.

Practical Experience and the Archaeology Degree

Practical experience is a very important aspect of studying for an archaeology degree. Archaeology at Glasgow University gives particular attention to this aspect of archaeological training.

Archaeology graduates who have taken advantage of the practical provision and support given at Glasgow have been highly sought after by archaeological and heritage organisations because of their level of competence. 

Participation in practical projects provides an excellent opportunity to gain valuable work experience and enables contacts to be made with potential future employers. Time spent on such placements and the skills developed greatly enhance employability far beyond the field of archaeology. Important employability skills learnt while on placement on in 'the field' include teamwork, task management, documentation, problem solving, health and safety awareness, report writing, quantitative data handling and persevering in carrying out sustained physical and mental work. 

Practical experience opportunities can be tailored to specific interests. Classics and Archaeology joint honours students, for example, may wish to participate in projects focusing on the Mediterranean, whilst Medieval History and Archaeology students can focus on sites of an historical age.

The Field School is an excellent opportunity to get dedicated training and is a valuable foundation for further studies. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of other opportunities both in the UK and abroad.

Safety videos

For more health and safety information, please see the Practical Experience Handbook, and these two links:

Basic Health and Safety Advice in Archaeology (BAJR)

Managing for Health and Safety (Health & Safety Executive; this page also has links to summary versions)

Students are required to watch the relevant videos below before going on field survey, excavation or a field trip: 

Safety on archaeological field survey

Safety on archaeological excavation

Safety on archaeological field trips