Ireland, Caherconnell, Co Clare

Caherconnell Archaeological Field School

when 29 May 2017 - 24 July 2017
language English
duration 8 weeks
credits 10 ECTS
fee EUR 2200

SS109 Introduction to Archaeological Excavation (3 Semester Credits/6 ECTS Credits)

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

SS110 Intermediate Archaeological Excavation (3 Semester Credits/6 ECTS Credits)

This 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, and planning and photography, in addition to basic excavation responsibilities and team supervision. This will be achieved through on-site talks and lectures, physical demonstrations, and hands-on experience.

SS111 Advanced Archaeological Excavation (3 Semester Credits/6 ECTS Credits)

This intensive module is designed to train students in advanced-level skills of archaeological excavation. It will provide experience of all the necessary excavation and primary post-excavation skills, in addition to excavation management, team supervision, trainee tuition, and interaction with the public. This will be achieved through on-site talks and lectures, physical demonstrations, and hands-on experience.

Each individual module is 3 Semester Credits/6 ECTS Credits. Students may enrol on 1, 2 or 3 modules.

Course leader

Dr. Michelle Comber

Target group

Students with an interest in archaeology/anthropology

Course aim

The Caherconnell Archaeological Field School course is designed to cater for anyone with an interest in the Irish past, archaeological excavation, monument and artefact survey. The skills taught can be used around the world, and are not confined to Irish archaeology. No prior experience is required, though places are limited so early application is advised, with applications opening in Sep/Oct each year. The excavations and research that students participate in at Caherconnell is of national and international significance. The archaeology of this place is very rich, allowing the development of a landscape approach and the tracing of uninterrupted native activity over the course of thousands of years.

Credits info

10 ECTS
Each individual module is 3 Semester Credits/6 ECTS Credits. Students may enrol on 1, 2 or 3 modules.

Fee info

EUR 2200: 1 module: €2,200
2 modules: €3,995
3 modules: €5,595

Fees include tuition, insurance, equipment, accommodation (full board), transport to and from the site daily, breakfast, lunch and dinner, tea break, guided day trip.