Excavation and Recording 6 (30 July—10 Aug. 2018)

START:
July 30, 2018
DURATION:
Two Weeks
ID:
E&R_6
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: 30 July—10 Aug. 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:

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 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 6 includes two weekly lectures on Irish archaeology as well as an evening guest lecture from a visiting expert.
  • 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.

This course is fully accredited by the National University of Ireland, Galway, and students who successfully complete the course will receive 3 Semester Credits or 6 ECTS points:

  • SS108: Data Analysis

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