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Suitable means for recording the acquisition of archaeological competences by practical experiences have as yet been lacking in the German language area. The adaptation of the Archaeology Skills Passport, already widely used in the United Kingdom, for the German language area aims to provide such a means. The passport is easy to use and – if fully completed – is comparable to a handy collection of four independent mini-references regarding the competence of the passport holder in the practical archaeological skills contained in it. It thus allows passport holders to better assess their competence in each of the included skills, to identify gaps or deficiencies in their skills set, and to strategically plan their own continual professional training. Conversely, it also allows potential future employers or project leaders considering to take on passport holders to more reliably assess their competences in advance and thus better plan their business and/or fieldwork projects. This will hopefully allow to improve the recording of and training in archaeological competences and at the same time improve the opportunities for national and transnational mobility of archaeological labour.


  • Archaeology, Field research, Excavations, Training, practice learning, skills, recording competence
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)237-249
Number of pages13
JournalArchäologische Informationen
Early online date17 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2020

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