ARK2002 - Field Methodology and Interpretation


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 50/100 1 weeks
Home examination 50/100 6 hours

Course content

The course gives basic insight to the most common archaeological site types, and how they may be examined.

The course provides an overview of the most common methods of archaeological field practice, digital documentation (e.g. photogrammetry, VR), methods of excavation and documentation, scientific analysis and surveying.

Particular emphasis is payed on how results from field surveys are applied in archaeological research.

The course gives basic understanding to the most common scientific, digital, statistic and geophysical methods in archaeology.

Learning outcome


The candidate

  • has basic knowledge of common methods in archaeological field studies, documentation, sampling and scientific analysis.
  • has elaborate knowledge of selected methods and analytical tools which are applied in archaeology.
  • has advanced understanding of selected types of cultural heritage sites and the they may be investigated and analyzed.


The candidate

  • has practical experience in archaeological surveys, excavations and documentation, and how archaeological artifacts and scientific samples are handled.
  • can explain the relation between field surveys and archaeological research, using theory, research environment, methodology and analytical concepts.
  • is able to identify archaeological artifacts and structures, and distinguish man-made from nature-made.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminars, surveys and a two-week field course. Mandatory activities: Participation in teaching and field trips with a minimum 3/4 attendance

Compulsory assignments

  • 75% Attendance lectures
  • 75% Attendance Field course

Further on evaluation

Both the written exam and homework must be passed in the same semester. A grade is given on the individual parts before an overall grade is set. For the course to be passed, both exam parts must be graded passed. In case of failure, both parts must be taken again. Please observe that the compulsory teaching can form the basis for exam papers.

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the B.A. in Archaeology.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
ARK2220 15.0 AUTUMN 2015
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Historical and Classical Studies


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 50/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home examination 50/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 50/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 50/100 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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