CIP Portus Module

The Portus Project organises a Curriculum Innovation Programme (CIP) module. This module is available to any non-archaeology undergraduate student at the University of Southampton in years one, two or three. Archaeology undergraduates may participate in the Portus Field School as one of their fieldwork opportunities in year one.

Total station practice during the field school in 2009.
Photo: Hembo Pagi

The Curriculum Innovation Programme is adding a new level of multi- and interdisciplinary education at the University of Southampton. CIP Portus offers a combination of hands-on practical archaeological training and academic content. Students receive practical training in areas such as survey, excavation, finds recording, archaeological computing, geophysics, data analysis and report preparation during a three-week residential field school at Portus. The module provides all students from the University with exposure to techniques relating to different scientific disciplines (e.g. computing, geology, geophysics, biology), and research methods of social and human sciences (e.g. archaeology, history, classics, history of art). This training is supplemented by lectures given by instructors and guest speakers and study visits designed to introduce students to various aspects of Roman history and material culture. All students are supported via on-line materials and a forum, which has archaeology students and staff as members to provide peer-assisted learning. The digital component includes virtual access to Portus fieldwork supported by the Student Centredness project led by Dr Rex Taylor. During the summer field season in Italy students are asked to keep a field journal in which they record the work they are doing on a daily basis as well as their observations about the progress of the research field activity that they have been assigned to, including producing illustrations and providing a concluding statement.

As CIP students are drawn from disciplines from across the University the module will emphasise the multidisciplinary nature of contemporary archaeological practice and encourage all students to explore the intersections and differences between their core discipline and archaeological field practice. As archaeological field investigations are problem oriented, importance and difficulties of creating an appropriate research design to answer specific questions in a field setting will also be discussed.

The module details for CIP Portus is available on the Curriculum Innovation website.

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