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About the Field School

At Liverpool, we understand the importance of practical learning. A solid introduction to professional skills is vital to grasp archaeological processes – whether your degree is in Archaeology, Archaeology and Ancient History, Egyptology, Ancient Civilisations, or Evolutionary Anthropology.

Our Liverpool Archaeology Field School takes place during the summer vacation in Year 1 of our programmes. The aim of the Field School is to provide first-year Liverpool undergraduates and Institute for Field Research (IFR) students with the training and guided learning that they need in the following activities:

  • stratigraphy and formation processes
  • matrices
  • single-context excavation
  • recording
  • archaeological photography
  • drawing plans and sections
  • environmental sampling/processing
  • finds processing/conservation
  • geophysics
  • topographic survey
  • finds illustration
  • heritage communication

Please note that students at Liverpool do not need to pay the student fees quoted on the Institute for Field Studies (IFR) application website. These costs do not apply to Liverpool undergraduates.

Fieldwork requirements

Find out about our fieldwork requirements, including single honours and joint honours programmes.

Statement on inclusivity

Archaeological fieldwork can be physically demanding, and requires an ability to undertake certain tasks (such as walking, carrying/using tools and equipment). At Liverpool, our Disability Support Team is committed to supporting students and considering barriers to participation. On student request, we discuss reasonable adjustments to enable participation for disabled students, and can provide alternative (non-field/non-residential) options as appropriate. Please contact , our Director of Fieldwork, for further information.

We abide by the Higher Education Academy’s good practice guidelines for inclusive fieldwork training and we are committed to dignity at work and study. If you have any issues related to either of these areas around fieldwork, please contact Jane Stockley, our fieldwork coordinator.