Introduction & Intermediate Archaeological Excavation

General

Program Description

4 Week Combined Course

  • 4 Week Course-SS109/SS110- (12 ECTS or 6US Credit Hours)
  • Apply NowMay 27th-June 21st 2019
  • July 8th-Aug 2nd 2019

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • understand the organization 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 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
  • artifact 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
  • artifact 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
  • Artifact 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 artifacts
  • Numbering artifacts
  • Basic conservation
  • Artifact illustration
  • Artifact cataloging
  • Artifact photography
  • Data entry and analysis
  • Sample washing
  • Sample sieving and flotation
  • Inking up excavation drawings
  • Digitising excavation drawings

Course Fee: €4,195

Fees cover ALL of the following:

  • Tuition
  • Accommodation
  • Insurance
  • Equipment
  • Transport to and from the site daily
  • Full Irish Breakfast, Lunch and 3 Course Evening Meal
  • 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
Last updated September 2018

About the School

Our vision for Caherconnell Archaeology Field School is to provide unforgettable archaeological experiences within the unique Burren region.

Our vision for Caherconnell Archaeology Field School is to provide unforgettable archaeological experiences within the unique Burren region. Read less