4 Week Combined Course

Introduction & Intermediate Archaeological Excavation

4 Week Course-SS109/SS110- (12 ECTS or 6US Credit Hours)

Apply NowMay 29th-June 23rd 2017

July 10th-Aug 4th 2017

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • understand the organisation and running of an archaeological excavation
  • have acquired the basic skills of archaeological excavation and recording
  • be familiar with primary post-excavation techniques
  • have acquired intermediate skills of archaeological excavation and recording
  • possess the skills necessary to work on archaeological excavations worldwide at general operative or site-assistant level

Course Outline:

This course covers both the the introduction and intermediate levels of archaeology.

Introduction Module

The first module is designed to provide students with their first taste of archaeological excavation.  It will explain the varied methods used by archaeologists to excavate different types of site, whilst providing practical experience of at least one of those methods in the field.

The module will also train students in a number of basic necessary skills, including:

  • grid establishment and use
  • trowelling techniques
  • artefact recovery and recording
  • sampling methodology
  • context recording
  • planning and photography

This will be achieved through on-site talks and lectures, physical demonstrations, and hands-on experience.

Intermediate Module

The second module intensive module is designed to train students in intermediate level skills of archaeological excavation.

It will explain the varied methods used by archaeologists to excavate different types of site and provide experience in a number of necessary skills, including:

  • grid establishment and use
  • trowelling techniques
  • feature excavation
  • artefact recovery and recording
  • sampling methodology
  • context recording
  • planning and photography
  • basic excavation responsibilities and team supervision

This will be achieved through on-site talks and lectures, physical demonstrations, and hands-on experience.

Available academic credits: 6ECTS x 2 = 12ECTS / 3 US credit hours x 2 = 6 US credit hours

Who should apply: This module is ideal for beginners, for anyone with an interest in the past and archaeological excavation, and those interested in developing their archaeological skills.

Duration: 4 weeks

Assessment (for those seeking academic credit):

  • Attendance at, and participation in, all scheduled fieldwork, field class and lectures
  • Completion of a Learner’s Journal (daily entries, Introduction and Conclusion, illustrations)
  • Short quiz / multi-choice test

Field tuition in the following:

  • Site layout
  • Cutting preparation
  • Trowelling techniques
  • On-site sample processing
  • Artefact recovery
  • Feature excavation
  • The recording system
  • Use of the automatic level
  • Context sampling
  • Excavation photography
  • Context recording
  • Section and profile drawing
  • Plan drawing
  • Equipment use
  • Primary post-excavation procedures
  • Washing artefacts
  • Numbering artefacts
  • Basic conservation
  • Artefact illustration
  • Artefact cataloguing
  • Artefact photography
  • Data entry and analysis
  • Sample washing
  • Sample sieving and flotation
  • Inking up excavation drawings
  • Digitising excavation drawings

Course Fee: €3,995

Fees cover ALL of the following:

  • Tuition
  • Accommodation
  • Insurance
  • Equipment
  • Transport to and from the site daily
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Tea break
  • Day trip 1- Guided tour around the Burren to visit some of the area’s most unique sites, including The Cliffs of Moher
  • Day trip 2-Guided visit around Medieval Galway

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Introduction & Intermediate Archaeological Excavation 4 Weeks

 
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