Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Claire Smith

Field Schools, Archaeological

  • Roger Martlew
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_2088


Although widely recognized as fundamental to the discipline, the provision of practical skills training in archaeology is currently a cause for concern, particularly in the UK, in response to continuing changes in the structure and funding of archaeological activity. A divergence has grown between training needs in the strong independent sector and the requirements of increasingly “professionalized” developer-funded units. In addition, a gulf has grown between field schools that provide training as part of an academic degree and the need for vocational training in support of a career in commercial archaeology (Aitchison 2004). Behind these issues lies a concern about the finite nature of archaeological evidence and the inevitably destructive nature of skills training “on the job.” A rise in community archaeology projects funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund also represents a shift in emphasis which, despite the best intentions, has raised concerns about training needs...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Yorkshire Dales Landscape Research TrustKettlewellUK