An archaeology degree it is often said provides excellent opportunities for students to learn how to work as part of a team. Interestingly however this is not how students see it; they dislike working as part of a group. It is wrong to assume that simply allocating students to a group and giving them an assignment to complete as a group will result in them working effectively or even learning anything about working as a functional team.
While employers and professional bodies value and rank very highly the ability to work in a team it is widely felt that for today's graduates poor logistics and personality clashes often dominate the working environment. But as importantly students can and do enhance their learning by working together in small groups. To facilitate this there are some straightforward measures lecturers can do.