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Archaeology: from Dig to Lab and Beyond

University of Reading

5 mins

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Archaeology: From Dig to Lab and Beyond is an introduction to studying archaeology, charting the progress from planning the excavation to the dig itself and the discoveries in the lab.


Archaeology: from Dig to Lab and Beyond

Archaeology: from Dig to Lab and Beyond

by University of Reading


What to some might be an insignificant piece of rock can unlock the mysteries of the past to others. Archaeology is more than just digging with a trowel: You need to know where to dig, how to collect, record, and store finds, and what you can learn from artifacts.

Created by the Department of Archaeology at the University of Reading and offered through FutureLearn, this course is a comprehensive introduction to archaeology. Associate professors Duncan Garrow, Amanda Clarke, and Mary Lewis explain each stage of an excavation using the Vale of Pewsey's field school as an example.

Learn about the preparation before an archaeological dig, what happens on an excavation, and the possibilities of discovery.

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All archeologists know that excavation is destruction, and if we do not record what we find … then knowledge is lost forever.

- Amanda Clarke, Director of Archaeology Field School

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