Archaeology in Practice, Short Course | Part time online | University of Oxford | United Kingdom
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Archaeology in Practice

3 months
300 GBP/full
300 GBP/full
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How do Archaeology in Practice at University of Oxford recognise and interpret the lives of past peoples and their societies? An introduction to the methods and techniques of archaeological enquiry, from initial site survey and excavation to scientific analysis.


Archaeology in Practice is everywhere, from the buildings we walk past to the landscapes we travel through. Beginning with the history of archaeology and its growth from antiquarian hobby, this course will explore the practices and methods of excavation and interpretation. 

Learning outcomes

University of Oxford will look at the diverse techniques and skills archaeologists have developed to tease out the stories of the past from objects and landscapes. We will learn to read archaeology in the earth and from plans and drawings. 

We will examine the archaeology of burials and begin to explore what artefacts may have meant to our ancestors. At the same time, we will explore questions about what archaeology really means, both in the broader context, and at the individual level.


FHEQ level 4, 10 CATS points

Programme Structure

Programme details

  • What is archaeology?
  • Reading the landscape
  • Excavation techniques
  • Types of sites and features
  • Artefacts: ambassadors from the past
  • How old is it?: archaeological dating
  • Archaeological science
  • Burial archaeology
  • Making sense of it all: interpretation
  • Whose archaeology? Museums, the past and the public

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 3 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


10 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • FHEQ level 4, 10 weeks, approx 10 hours per week, therefore a total of about 100 study hours.
  • We do not insist that applicants hold an English language certification, but warn that they may be at a disadvantage if their language skills are not of a comparable level to those qualifications listed on our website. 

Technological requirements

This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.

Tuition Fee

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    300 GBP/full
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    Based on the tuition of 300 GBP for the full programme during 3 months.
  • National

    300 GBP/full
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    Based on the tuition of 300 GBP for the full programme during 3 months.


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