Excavation & Recording 7 (01 July–26 July 2019)

START:
July 1, 2019
DURATION:
4 Weeks
ID:
E&R_7
CREDIT:
6 Semester Credits or 12 ECTS

Address

Achill Field School, Dooagh, Achill Island   View map

Categories

Accredited Courses

SS106 + SS107: 12 ECTS / 6 Semester Academic Credits Awarded. Course fees includes tuition, accommodation in our superior, fully equipped self-catering accommodation block, materials, local transport, lectures and seminars and academic credit.


Dates: 01 July–26 July 2019 (4 Weeks)
Cost: €3530

Dates don’t suit? Contact us directly about tailored course dates. 


Questions About This Course?
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This four-week course is ideally suited for university students looking for an intensive training excavation where instruction is provided on a one to one basis by highly experienced Irish archaeologists.

The Excavation:

Our 2019 training excavation will be located at Caraun Point, Achill Island. Caraun Point is a multi-period archaeological complex located on a sand-covered promontory on the northern coast of the island. The complex includes a medieval enclosure, a post-medieval village, a series of shell middens, and a children’s burial ground. Work in 2019 will focus on the village and associated middens.

What the Course Covers:

  • The course provides a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of archaeological excavation and recording.
  • The course includes a weekly lecture series on Irish archaeology supplemented by additional guest lectures from a range of experts.
  • Students will also undertake four full-day field trips to visit some of the spectacular archaeological sites on and around Achill Island. Optional weekend tours to a selection of Ireland’s premier archaeological sites are also open to students.
  • During the duration of this course the students will undertake their own study on an aspect of Irish archaeology with guidance from the Director of Fieldwork.

Learning outcomes:

This course will enable students to:

  • Understand the theory and practice of archaeological excavation, including the single context recording system, site grid, stratigraphy, and the Harris Matrix.
  • Excavate an archaeological feature.
  • Carry out archaeological recording including, context sheets, scaled drawings, and photographs.
  • Excavate, retrieve, bag and record archaeological objects (artefacts and ecofacts).
  • Carry out basic environmental sampling.
  • Outline the basic chronology of Irish archaeology.
  • Identify common archaeological monuments in the landscape, describe their date and function.
  • Determine the various phases of human influence in an archaeological landscape.

Assessment:

  • Participation in excavation and lectures 50%
  • 1,500 word essay 25%
  • Weekly MCQ tests 25%

This course is fully accredited by the National University of Ireland, Galway, and students who successfully complete the course will receive six Semester Credits or 12 ECTS points:

  • SS106: Introduction to Archaeology of Ireland
  • SS107: Archaeological Field Studies

Questions About This Course?
Please get in touch, we’re here to help and would love to hear from you. Contact Us

Achill Archaeological Field School
Telephone
(from inside Ireland): 098 43564
(from outside Ireland): +353 98 43564

Address:
Achill Folklife Centre, Dooagh, Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland, F28 HK11.

Email: info@achill-fieldschool.com

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