Introduction to Archaeological Survey – Monuments and Artefacts
Upon successful completion of this module, students will
- 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
Field tuition in the following:
- 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
This intensive module 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.
Who should apply:
This module is ideal for those with some interest in archaeological survey, archaeological monuments, archaeological landscapes, and archaeological artefacts. It is an ideal companion to any of the excavation sessions.
Two weeks, including middle Saturday.
Attendance at, and participation in, all scheduled fieldwork, field classes and lectures.
Completion of a survey exercise, and artefact catalogue and illustration.
- Transport to and from the site daily
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
- Tea break
- Guided Day trip around the Burren to visit some of the area’s most unique sites, including The Cliffs of Moher