Introduction to Archaeological Excavation

General

Program Description

2 Week Course-SS109-(6ECTS or 3US Credit Hours)

  • May 27th-June 7th 2019
  • July 8th-July 19th 2019
  • July 22nd-Aug 2nd 2019

Course Outline

This intensive 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.

Available academic credits: 6ECTS / 3 US credit hours

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

Duration: Two weeks, including middle Saturday.

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)

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

Course Fee: €2,450

This includes:

  • Tuition
  • Insurance
  • Equipment
  • Accommodation
  • Transport to and from the site daily
  • Full Irish Breakfast, Lunch and 3 Course Evening Meal
  • Tea break
  • Guided Day trip around the Burren to visit some of the area’s most unique sites, including The Cliffs of Moher
Last updated Sep 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