Distance Learning Association

Unit 2 (96B) Archaeology Skills and Methods

In ARCH2, students are introduced to the basic skills and methods of practical archaeology. They are taken through the various stages of site investigation, from the formation of sites, though discovery, recording, excavation and dating, to interpretation. The unit is based on the study of, and familiarity with, a range of archaeological excavation site reports.

In Section A, candidates will be presented with extracts from a site report and will be required to apply their knowledge and understanding of archaeological skills and methods to answer a number of short questions.

Section B offers a choice of more extended questions, in which candidates will be able to demonstrate a more developed, generic understanding of issues and methodologies, using case studies.