Bare Bones: 2-weeks course in excavation and survey methodology
Dates: 14th August – 25th August 2017 (2 Weeks)
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This Bare Bones course provides an exceptionally broad range of instruction in different aspects of field archaeology. It is ideal as an introduction to the many different skills that are used by modern archaeologists. It is suitable for university students, high school students and members of the general public with an interest in archaeology.
The course begins with a week of field surveying classes, based on the southern slopes of the iconic Slievemore mountain. Instruction will include using Trimble Handheld GPS units, traditional tape and notepad surveys and photographic surveys. The results from the survey work will be processed in our computer lab and students will gain experience using AutoCad, Photoshop, Agisoft Photoscan, and 123D Catch software to produce professional drawings and illustrations.
The second week of this Bare Bones course will focus on the excavation of a small trench at the enigmatic Danish Ditch, a pre-bog prehistoric stone wall running between a Middle Bronze Age house and an early Neolithic tomb. This will be a complete excavation in miniature and students will be involved in all stages of the excavation including removing overburden, trowelling archaeological deposits, recording horizontal and vertical scale drawings, taking formal site photographs and preparing detailed written records of the archaeology contained within the trench. On the final day we will undertake a walking tour of some of the superb archaeological sites found on Achill Island.
Accommodation is available from Saturday to Saturday. Fees include tuition, self-catering accommodation and local transport.