Excavation & Recording 2 (2 July—10 August 2018)

Archaeology fieldwork on Achill Island

START:
July 2, 2018
DURATION:
Six Weeks
ID:
MODULE 2
CREDIT:
9 Semester Credits or 18 ECTS points

Address

Achill Field School, Dooagh   View map

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Modular Courses

Excavation and Recording 2 – 6 weeks

SS106 + SS107 + SS108: 18 ECTS / 9 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: 2 July—10 August 2018 (6 Weeks)
Cost: €4500


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The six-week course 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:

  • TBC

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.
  • An intensive workshop will prime students in archaeological illustration. 
  • weekly lecture series on Irish archaeology supplemented by additional  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 labelling 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

The course includes a one day course on Archaeological Finds Illustration.

 

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.

 


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