Excavation and Recording 5 (18 June—29 June 2018)

START:
June 19, 2017
DURATION:
Two Weeks
ID:
E&R_5
CREDIT:
3 Semester Credits or 6 ECTS points

Address

Achill Field School, Dooagh, Achill Island   View map

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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: 18 June—29 June 2018 (2 Weeks)
Cost: €1975

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This module 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:

Students taking Excavation and Recording 5 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; 2017) have provided a fascinating glimpse into life in pre-Famine Achill, but many questions remain. In 2018 we will return to dig another house site at Keem.

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.
  • Module 5 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 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.

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

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