ARCH06028 2019 Archaeology of Ireland

General Details

Full Title
Archaeology of Ireland
Transcript Title
Archaeology of Ireland
75 %
Subject Area
ARCH - Archaeology
ESCI - Environmental Science
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Marion Dowd
Programme Membership
SG_BTOUR_B07 201900 Bachelor of Business in Business in Tourism with Event Management SG_SAPPL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Archaeology SG_BTOUR_H08 202000 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business in Tourism with Event Management

This module provides students with an introduction to Irish archaeology over 12,500 years from the Late Upper Palaeolithic through to the Medieval period. Lifestyles of the Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic hunter gatherers will be explored as will the transition to farming and societal changes of the Neolithic. The introduction of metal working in the Bronze Age and the associated economic and social developments will be traced, followed by the changes that came to society during the Iron Age. In the historic period we will focus on the influence of Christianity on Early Medieval populations, new settlement types and the legacy of the Vikings. An overview of Medieval Ireland will include a focus on towns and castle architecture.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

List the major chronological periods or Irish archaeology and their respective date ranges.
Demonstrate knowledge of the main elements of the economy, settlement, material culture and ritual activity from each of the periods.
Demonstrate familiarity with specialised archaeological terminology.
Present archaeological data and ideas in both written and oral formats.
Demonstrate familiarity with different artefacts from the different periods.
Demonstrate comprehension of assigned archaeological texts.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full-time. The module will include lectures (50%), laboratory practicals (25%) and fieldtrips (25%). This approach is expected to address student learning needs.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 60% Continuous Assessment and 40% Final exam.

Continuous Assessment will comprise a 2,500 word essay (30%) and an artefact + fieldtrip logbook (30%).

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment or Final Exam.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

This module uses a combination of theory lectures, fieldtrips and practical classes to introduce students to Irish archaeology over the past 12,500 years of human occupation of the island. We begin with the emerging evidence of an Upper Palaeolithic human presence, followed by an exploration of Mesolithic hunter-gatherer societies (8,000-3,900 BC) and the first farmers of the Neolithic (3,900-2,400 BC). The changes brought to society with teh arrival of metalworking knowledge and technology are explored for the Bronze Age (2,400-700 BC) and the Iron Age (700BC - AD400). Moving into the historic periods, societal structure in the Early Medieval (AD 400-1169) and Medieval (AD 1169-1600) periods are explored.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
60 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
40 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Essay Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % Week 12 1,2,3,4,6
2 Log book Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % Week 13 2,3,4,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 40 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lectures 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Independent learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Waddell, J. (ed.) 2010 The prehistoric archaeology of Ireland. Galway.

Edwards, N. 1990 The archaeology of Early Medieval Ireland. London.

O'Keeffe, T. 2000 Medieval Ireland: an archaeology. Dublin.

Ryan, M. (ed.) 1997 Irish archaeology illustrated. Dublin.

O'Keeffe, T. 2000 Medieval Ireland: an archaeology, Dublin.O'Keeffe, T. 2000 Medieval Ireland: an archaeology, Dublin.

Journal Resources

Waddell, J.2010. The archaeology of Ireland. Wordwell, Dublin.

Mallory, J. 2015. The origins of the Irish. Thames and Hudson, London.

URL Resources

Other Resources


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