Archaeological Field Methods Videos Collection 1 2009

In 2009 Dr Sarah Colley and Dr Martin Gibbs (Archaeology, University of Sydney) produced this series of edited video clips to demonstrate practical methods to archaeology students at the University of Sydney in Australia. The videos were first made publicly accessible via YouTube and incorporated into teaching of an undergraduate archaeological field methods course in 2010 and 2011. We also produced a research paper outlining staff experiences of making and using the videos for teaching and discussing results of student questionnaire feedback about the videos and the course. The results provide insight into the effectiveness of different ways of teaching practical archaeology in a context of large class sizes and limited resources and the potential of using digital video technologies to communicate archaeology to students and other audiences. A copy of the paper is available from http://hdl.handle.net/2123/8673.

Recent Submissions

  • Archaeological Methods: Dumpy 3 - Focusing 

    Colley, Sarah; Gibbs, Martin (2012-10-15)
    Dr Martin Gibbs explains how to focus the dumpy level on the staff for archaeological surveying. Third video in a series on using a dumpy level for archaeological fieldwork.
  • Archaeological Methods: Dumpy 2 - Levelling 

    Colley, Sarah; Gibbs, Martin (2012-10-15)
    Dr Martin Gibbs explains how to ensure the dumpy equipment is level before starting to take readings. Second video in a series on using a dumpy level for archaeological fieldwork.
  • Archaeological Methods: Reading a Compass 

    Colley, Sarah; Gibbs, Martin (2012-10-15)
    Dr Martin Gibbs demonstrates how to read a prismatic compass for use in archaeological field survey.
  • Archaeological Methods: Baseline Offset Survey 

    Colley, Sarah; Gibbs, Martin (2012-10-15)
    Dr Martin Gibbs explains how to map archaeological features using the baseline offset survey method.
  • Archaeological Methods: Set Up a 1m Grid Square 

    Colley, Sarah; Gibbs, Martin (2012-10-15)
    Dr Martin Gibbs explains how to set up a 1m grid square for an archaeological excavation using hand-tapes. This is a common and basic technique used in field archaeology that only needs simple equipment.

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