Excavation & Recording 8 (17 June–28 June 2019)

START:
June 17, 2019
DURATION:
2 Weeks
ID:
E&R_8
CREDIT:
3 Semester Credits or 6 ECTS

Address

Achill Field School, Dooagh, Achill Island   View map

Categories

Accredited Courses

SS108: 6 ETCS / 3 Semester Academic Credits Awarded. Course fees includes tuition, accommodation in our superior, fully equipped self-catering building, materials, local transport, lectures and seminars as well as academic credit.


Dates: 17 June—28 June 2019 (2 Weeks)
Cost: €1975

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


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This course is ideally suited for university students looking for an intensive experience with the maximum amount of training possible fitted into a two week period.

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 an intensive introduction to the theory and practice of archaeological excavation and recording. Students will be introduced to the skills of excavation and basic post-excavation analysis.
  • The course includes a weekly lecture on Irish archaeology supplemented by an additional evening guest lecture.
  • Students will also undertake two 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.
  • Understand the process of post-excavation analysis.
  • Digitise site drawings.
  • Process archaeological finds. Know the correct procedures for cleaning and labelling artefacts.

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 be awarded 3 Semester Credits or 6 ECTS points:

  • SS108: Data Analysis

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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