SS109/SS110/SS112- (18 ECTS or 9US Credit Hours)
Introduction/Intermediate Archaeological Excavation & Introduction to Archaeological Survey-Monuments and Artefacts
June 11th-July 20th 2018
June 25th-August 3rd 2018
Upon successful completion of this module, students will:
- understand the organisation and running of an archaeological excavation
- have acquired the basic & intermediate skills of archaeological excavation and recording
- be familiar with primary post-excavation techniques
- possess the skills necessary to work on archaeological excavations worldwide at general operative or site-assistant level
- understand the varied methodologies employed in archaeological survey
- have acquired basic skills of survey preparation
- be familiar with a range of survey techniques
- possess the skills to participate in digital and descriptive field survey
- understand the digital processing of survey data
- be able to catalogue, measure, photograph and draw archaeological artefacts
This course covers both the the introduction and intermediate levels of archaeology, with an introduction to Archaeological Survey and artefact processing.
The introduction to excavation part of this course 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. It 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.
The intermediate excavation part of this course 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 intermediate levels of recovery and recording, feature excavation, and basic excavation responsibilities and team supervision.
The monument and artefact survey part of the course is designed to train students in the basic skills of archaeological survey – monument and artefact recording. It will explain the varied methods used by archaeologists to survey different types of site and landscape, and provide experience in a number of necessary skills. These will include map reading, sourcing and interpretation of aerial photographs, establishing a survey grid, manual and digital survey, and descriptive survey. This will be achieved through field-based talks and lectures, physical demonstrations, and hands-on experience. An introduction to GIS digital processing to produce maps will also be provided. The second half of the course will deal with artefact survey, from artefact recovery to cataloguing, measuring, photography and illustration.
This will all be achieved through on-site talks and lectures, physical demonstrations, and hands-on experience.
Available academic credits: 6ECTS x 3 = 18ECTS / 3 US credit hours x 3 = 9US credit hours
Who should apply: This module is open to everyone, to anyone with an interest in the past and archaeological excavation, and those interested in developing their archaeological skills through excavation and survey.
Duration: 6 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)
- Completion of a survey exercise, and artefact catalogue and illustration.
- Short quiz / multi-choice test
Field tuition in the following:
- Site preparation
- Trowelling techniques
- Artefact recovery
- Feature excavation
- The recording system
- Context sampling
- Context recording
- Section and profile drawing
- Plan drawing
- Primary post-excavation procedures
- Sample washing
- Sample sieving
- Survey preparation
- Use of automatic level
- Use of EDM
- Use of hand-held GPS
- Processing of survey data with GIS
- Artefact handling and recognition
- Artefact cataloguing
- Artefact photography and illustration
Course Fee: €5,595.00
Fees cover ALL of the following:
- 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
- Day trip 3-To be confirmed