ARCHKRA004 Field theory and practice

Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Winter 2023
Extent and Intensity
2/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Peter Kováčik, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Andrea Hořínková, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Peter Kováčik, Ph.D.
Institute of Archaeology - Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Wed 10:35–12:10 M6
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
ARCHKRA004/A: Mon 13:55–14:40 M5, A. Hořínková
Basic orientation in the issue.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The task of the course is to theoretically acquaint the students with a wide area of ​​archaeological research, from its preparatory phase, through implementation in the field and documentation, provisional laboratory processing and storage until its evaluation and creating a discovery report. Teaching within the seminar will be based on concrete practical examples of the selection and application of individual methods archaeological research, examples of research documentation and found works. The goal is primarily to get listeners to at the end of the course, they were able to think about suitable methods even before the actual research and then choose and apply them correctly or possibly to modify during the research following the finding situation.
Learning outcomes
Drawing and photographic documentation.
  • 1. Introduction – terminology, methodology, history of research. 2. Preparation of archaeological research. 3. Sounding archaeological research. 4. Strategy of large-scale archaeological excavation. 5. Photo documentation. 6. Drawing documentation. 7. Stratigraphic method of exposure. 8. Stratigraphic method of documentation – written forms. 9. Basics of working with movable finds. 10. Basics of working with archaeological samples. 11. Research evaluation – stratigraphic matrix. 12. Discovery report. 13. Archaeological map of the Czech Republic, preparation of findings from research for publication.
    required literature
  • Renfrew, C. – Bahn, P.: Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice. London 2012 (příp. starší vydání 2000, 2004, 2008).
  • Kováčik, P. – Juchelka, J. – Hořínková, A.: Terénní teorie a praxe III. Archeologický výzkum: archeologická dokumentace a zpracování. Opava, 2014.
  • Kováčik, P. – Juchelka, J. – Rataj, P.: Terénní teorie a praxe II. Archeologický výzkum: prospekce a odkryv. Opava 2014.
    recommended literature
  • Barker, P.: Techniques in archaeological excavation. (2.Edition). New York 1982.
  • Ceram, C. W.: Bohové, hroby a učenci. Praha 1961.
  • Harris, E. C.: Principles of archaeological stratigraphy (second edition). London - New York - Toronto - Sydney - San Francisco 1989.
  • Bernbeck, R.: Theorien in der Archäologie, Tubingen - Basel 1997.
  • Binford, L. R.: For theory building in archeology. New York 1977.
Teaching methods
Lecture, seminar
Assessment methods
Language of instruction
Teacher's information
Written test, oral examination if necessary
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2022.
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