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

START:
July 2, 2018
DURATION:
Six Weeks
ID:
E&R_2
CREDIT:
9 Semester Credits or 18 ECTS points

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Achill Field School, Dooagh   View map

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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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Students taking this course are eligible to apply for the new Achill Scholarship of $2000 off course fees. 


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:

In July and August we will begin an exciting new excavation at Caraun Point, on the northern coast of Achill Island. Caraun Point is a small sand-covered peninsula jutting into the Atlantic Ocean. It is well-known for its rich archaeological remains, including an early medieval enclosure, a children’s burial ground, shell middens, and a number of stone buildings of unknown date eroding out of the sand dunes. In 2018 we will target one of these small stone buildings for excavation. The recovery of a dedicatory stone dated AD1618 suggests a 17th century date for the origin of the village; the excavation will answer some important questions about the development of vernacular settlements and building traditions on Ireland’s Atlantic coast.

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.
  • 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

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