ARK1001 - Introduction to Archaeology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 30/100 6 hours
Home examination 70/100 1 weeks

Course content

The ARK1001 course provides a general introduction to archaeology as a scientific and professional discipline and practice in today's society. The course looks at the history and devlopment of archaeology as well as selected aspects of archaeology in it's current form.

Course activities include lectures, seminars as well as visits to NTNU's Museum exhibitions and excursions to selected sites in Trondheim and the surrounding region. A short material course offers students the chance for hands-on study of archaeological artefacts.

The topics covered by this course include: theoretical perspectives, fundamental methodologies, archaeological sources, analysis and interpretation of material culture and central aspects of the relationship between archaeology and today's society.

The course presents a broad outline of the culture history of Norway in general and of central Norway in particular. In addition, through lectures students learn about the landscape and environmental history of the region. Common archaeological dating techniques are also reviewed.

The course includes a module that gives an introduction and overview of Norwegian cultural heritage management, by looking at current legislation, practices and priorities and how they are applied to archaeological sites in particular.

Learning outcome

A candidate who has passed the course, will have achieved the following learning objectives-

Knowledge objectives
Students will be able to:
- descrive and discuss different definitions of archaeology as a scientific discipline and practice in the today's society.
-define and discuss the relationship between theories of knowledge and archaeological analyses and interpretations.
-define and discuss central phases of archaeology's research history.
-define and discuss various thematic perspectives on archaeology as a discipline and practice.
-describe and critically assess the use of various methods of analysis and dating in archaeology today.
-identify the main developments in climate, landscape, flora and fauna in Scandinavia since the last Ice Age.
-describe from an archaeological perspective the main temporal and cultural-historical developments in Scandinavia and particularly central Norway from the last Ice Age until historical times.
-identify and describe common artefacts and raw materials from the various archaeological periods.
-identify and describe the most common structures, sites and site-types from the various archaeolical periods in the region.
-provide basic descriptions and assesments of common objects and structures from the perspective of conservation.
-describe Norwegian cultural heritage's current organistaion and legislation from the perspective of archaeological heritage.
-describe and discuss the rationale behind various practices and priorities in Norwegian heritage management today.

Skill objectives
Students will be able to:
-understand and apply precisely fundamental archaeological terminology.
-plan and complete independently written assignments of c. 4000 words.
-find and critically assess relevant academic litterature on archaeological topics and themes.
-express and discuss basic archaeological facts and concepts with teachers and fellow-students, both orally and in writing.
- partake in individual and group discussions of experiences and impressions from different field excursions and visits.
-repeat practical experiments with selected basic registration techniques.

Learning methods and activities

The course instruction is provided in the form of lectures, seminars, material course, field work/excursions and exercises.

Mandatory activities
• Prior to sitting for the exams, the students must attend a minimum of 3/4 of the teaching.
• 2 exercises (may be more accurately specified if needed) must be approved in order to take the exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • 2 written exercises
  • 75% attendance

Further on evaluation

The course assessment consists of a written exam and a home assignment, which are weighted respectively 30/70.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Archaeology (BARK)
Cultural Heritage (BKULMI)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the B.A. in Archaeology or Cultural Heritage.

Course materials

A reading list is made available each semester. Digital compendia of portions of the course litterature are available for enrolled students.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HFARK111 7.5 01.09.2015
ARK1120 15.0 01.09.2015
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  22.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 2

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Cultural Heritage Management
  • Archaeology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Institutt for historiske og klassiske studier



Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 30/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 30/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home examination 70/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 70/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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