Module 1 (22 May-30 June 2017)

START:
May 22, 2017
DURATION:
Six Weeks
ID:
MODULE1
CREDIT:
9 Semester Credits or 18 ECTS points

Address

Achill Field School, Dooagh, Achill Island   View map

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Modular Courses

Module 1

SS106 + SS107 + SS108: 18 ECTS / 9 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: 22nd May to 30th June 2017 (6 Weeks)
Cost: €4850 (approx. US$5276. See Strong Dollar Offers Great Value)


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6 Week Module

The six-week module is the most extensive training course open to new students at Achill Archaeological Field School. It is ideally suited to students who have a serious interest in learning the skills and methods of field archaeology and who wish to partake in a complete excavation from the very start to the very end. Training is provided on a one to one basis by highly experienced Irish archaeologists and by the end of the course each student will have a detailed knowledge of many aspects of archaeological fieldwork.

 

The Excavation:

Students taking Module 1 will participate in the Keem Bay Project, based at Keem on the western-most tip of the island. Today Keem is best known as a picturesque tourist spot, but in the early 19th century it was the site of a busy village of over 40 houses, at the heart of a communal ‘rundale’ farming settlement. The village did not survive long past the horrors of the Great Famine (1845-9). It was cleared c.1855 by the infamous Charles Cunningham Boycott, who obtained the lease on the land and built a large house for himself at the top of the valley. Previous excavations at the settlement by AAFS (2009; 2015; 2016) have provided a fascinating glimpse into life in pre-Famine Achill, but many questions remain. In 2017 we will return to dig another house site at Keem.

 

What the Course Covers:

  • The course provides a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of archaeological excavation and recording. Students will be led through the entire  process of excavation from laying out a site grid to back-filling the trench.
  • Three intensive workshops will prime students in ceramics analysis, archaeological illustration and GIS for archaeologists.
  • Module 1 includes a weekly lecture series on Irish archaeology supplemented by additional fortnightly guest lectures from a range of experts.
  • Students will also undertake six 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 students will undertake their own study on an aspect of Irish archaeology they find interesting and prepare a short paper on the subject, with extensive 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 labeling artefacts.
  • 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 9 Semester Credits or 18 ECTS points

  • SS106: Introduction to Archaeology of Ireland
  • SS107: Archaeological Field Studies
  • SS108: Data Analysis

Specialist Courses

Included in Module 1 is a two day course on Archaeological Finds Illustration, a one day Introduction to ArcGIS Online, and a one day course on ceramics which are outlined below:

Introduction to ArcGIS Online

This one day course introduces students to some of the principles of producing interactive maps in the fantastic and free to use ArcGIS software package. Using photographs and written descriptions the students have recorded during the various field trips students will create a series of different types of ‘Story Map.’ This simple, flexible and professional looking software package is something that students could later use in their own mapping projects.

Drawing Archaeological Finds
Rena Maguire, PhD. Candidate at Queen’s University, Belfast will host a two day workshop on drawing archaeological finds. This course was offered for the first time in 2015 and was extremely popular with all of our students, many of whom produced excellent drawings after participating in this short course. Students will be taught the principles of finds illustration and then be tutored on how to produce high quality ‘point\ style scale drawings of a whole range of artefacts.

Introduction to Ceramics with Nick Brannon (2 days)

  • Why is pottery important to the archaeologist?
  • What it tells the archaeologist about dating, economics and society will form the basis of this course
  • Participants will examine, identify, classify and draw pottery from prehistoric and historic sites
  • The craft of pottery-making examined
  • Hand-built, wheel-thrown and industrial scale production
  • Visit to a local pottery workshop

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