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ILAFS Written Assignment

Following completion of the test pit excavation, we ask the field school participants to produce a written account of the excavation and its results to submit for assessment. One of the main aims of the field school is to help participating students develop and refine a range of skills which will be of benefit in the future. These include verbal presentations and the preparation of written essays and technical reports, all of which are skills vital to success in higher education and the workplace alike. The assignment part of ILAFS, therefore, involves participants in preparing a piece of written work which will be formally assessed and reported on by the University of Cambridge, alongside their performance during the excavation. At the end of this process, students should have an improved knowledge of, and ability in, the preparation and organisation of written work and its effective communication to its intended audience. We strongly encourage all participants to submit an assignment to demonstrate their high ability in these areas and to act as a souvenir for what we hope were three very enjoyable days on the field school.

All the information needed to write this report can be found on this webpage, including details of submission. Scroll to the bottom of the page and you will find links for your field school location including modern map, historical map and a link to the pottery report. If participants or staff have any questions about the written assignment, please contact ACA.

 

How to Write Your Assignment

The 'Written Assignment Guidance' document includes advice on how to write a report on a test pit excavation and includes a suggested plan for structuring it. The 'Written Assignment Assessment Criteria' gives details of what the assessors expect to be included. The 'Written Assignment Checklist' is a quick reference list of what should be included in the report.

Lecture PowerPoint 2018

Written Assignment Guidance 2018

Written Assignment Checklist 2018

Written Assignment Mark Scheme and Range Descriptors 2018

Students in years 7 & 8 may use a 'framework' version of the report if you wish, which breaks down the report into long answer style sections. The template for this is below:

Guided Report for years 7 and 8

Online Resources

There are some excellent websites of primary and secondary digital resources which you may find useful. We encourage students to search for information about the archaeological and historical background of their settlement to add to the introduction of their assignment and draw on in their analysis and conclusion of the test-pit excavation results. Here are a few suggestions of websites with national coverage, but also see the Project Reports webpages for local websites specific to your settlement:

British History Online

Heritage Gateway

The National Heritage List for England

Open Domesday

Key to English Place-Names

 

Day 3 Lecture 

Assignments should contextualise the development of their settlement by considering the wider issues and methods employed in the study of settlements. Below are some resources to use.

Day 3 Research and Settlement Lecture

 The Currently Occupied Rural Settlements (CORS) Project

 

Excavation Instructions

Assignments should also describe the methods and equipment used in detail. The slides from the introductory presentation given on the first day are below as a reminder.

Day 1 Excavation Instructions and Health and Safety Briefing

 This is the colour chart you used to note down the colour of the soil in your Test Pit Record Booklets.

Soil colour chart

Finds

Pottery reports and distribution maps from previous years can be downloaded from the Project Reports webpage. Check the list of settlements below to see whether the pottery report for this year is ready to download.

 

Photos

To view photographs from your field academy, type the following address into the address bar at the top of your browser window: http://www.access.arch.cam.ac.uk/photos/******/ (Replace '******' with the unique six-character code you were given for your site during the field academy. Important Note: Make sure you write your code in capital letters and don't forget the / at the end). 

 

Assignment Submission

Submission dates (usually 4 weeks after the end of ILAFS Day 3) are specified below for each settlement. Students' completed written assignments should be handed in to school staff and then scanned and emailed to Access Cambridge Archaeology. Contact details can be found here. Assignments will be assesed by the University of Cambridge using the criteria set out in the document above, and hard copies of our comments and certificates will be posted back to the students via their school marking their successful completion of the field school.

Resources specific to each ILAFS are listed by date of event, please scroll fully down the page to find the field school you attended.

 

Brundall, Norfolk: 14th-16th March 2018

Assignment deadline: Monday 16th April 2018

Test Pit Location Map

Brundall Historic Map

Pottery Report

To view photographs from your field academy, type the following address into the address bar at the top of your browser window: http://www.access.arch.cam.ac.uk/photos/****** (Replace '******' with the unique six-character code you were given for your site during the field academy. Important Note: Make sure you write your code in capital letters).

 

Rickinghall & Botesdale, Suffolk:  21st -22nd March 2018

Assignment deadline: Friday 20th April 2018

Test Pit Location Map

Rickinghall & Botesdale Historic Map

Pottery Report

To view photographs from your field academy, type the following address into the address bar at the top of your browser window: http://www.access.arch.cam.ac.uk/photos/****** (Replace '******' with the unique six-character code you were given for your site during the field academy. Important Note: Make sure you write your code in capital letters).

 

Althorne, Essex: 25th-26th April 2018

Assignment deadline: Friday 25th May 2018

Test Pit Location Map

Althorne Historic Map

Pottery Report

To view photographs from your field academy, type the following address into the address bar at the top of your browser window: http://www.access.arch.cam.ac.uk/photos/****** (Replace '******' with the unique six-character code you were given for your site during the field academy. Important Note: Make sure you write your code in capital letters).

 

Hilgay, Norfolk: 1st-2nd May 2018

Assignment deadline: Monday 4th June 2018

Test Pit Location Map

Hilgay Historic Map

Pottery Report

To view photographs from your field academy, type the following address into the address bar at the top of your browser window: http://www.access.arch.cam.ac.uk/photos/****** (Replace '******' with the unique six-character code you were given for your site during the field academy. Important Note: Make sure you write your code in capital letters).

 

Histon & Impington, Cambridgeshire: 9th-10th May 2018

Assignment deadline: Friday 8th June 2018

Test Pit Location Map

Histon & Impington Historic Map

Pottery Report

To view photographs from your field academy, type the following address into the address bar at the top of your browser window: http://www.access.arch.cam.ac.uk/photos/****** (Replace '******' with the unique six-character code you were given for your site during the field academy. Important Note: Make sure you write your code in capital letters).

 

Blythburgh, Suffolk: 16th-17th May 2018

Assignment deadline: Friday 15th June 2018

Test Pit Location Map

Blythburgh Historic Map

Pottery Report

To view photographs from your field academy, type the following address into the address bar at the top of your browser window: http://www.access.arch.cam.ac.uk/photos/****** (Replace '******' with the unique six-character code you were given for your site during the field academy. Important Note: Make sure you write your code in capital letters).

 

Bunwell, Norfolk: 23rd-24th May 2018

Assignment deadline: Friday 22nd June 2018

Test Pit Location Map

Bunwell Historic Map

Pottery Report

To view photographs from your field academy, type the following address into the address bar at the top of your browser window: http://www.access.arch.cam.ac.uk/photos/****** (Replace '******' with the unique six-character code you were given for your site during the field academy. Important Note: Make sure you write your code in capital letters).