ARCH06054 2019 Post-excavation analysis

General Details

Full Title
Post-excavation analysis
Transcript Title
Post-excavation analysis
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_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

This is a practical lab-based module focusing on the successful completion of the post excavation management and analysis of material from the training excavation (and/or other archaeological sites excavated by staff members). The student learns through first-hand experience the range of duties awaiting an archaeologist on completion of an excavation. The student will work on devising stratigraphic matrices; washing and processing artefacts and ecofacts; cataloguing artefacts and ecofacts; sieving soil samples; preparation of material for creation of final excavation report; and ultimately work towards bringing an excavation to full publication and the preparation of the archive for final deposition in the National Museum of Ireland.

Learning Outcomes

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


Demonstrate an awareness of the component parts of the post excavation process.


Express stratigraphic relationships in both matrix and written formats.


Interpret startigraphic relationships.


Design a post-excavation programme for a particular excavation.


Demonstrate knowledge of the roles to be played by various specialists in post-excavation analysis.

Carry out a number of post-excavation related tasks.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full-time.

It will include lectures and laboratory practicals, as well as hands-on processing of ecofacts, artefacts and samples.

This approach is expected to fulfil student learning needs.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% continuous assessment.

A stratigraphy exercise will examine the understanding or site formation and stratigraphy. Each student will work independently or as part of a team to compile a section of the interim report, and an appendix or catalogue entry for that report, - to be decided based on the results of the previous season's excavation. Students maintain a logbook throughout the semester to note topics explored and their input; this is assessed at end of semester.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment.

Module Dependencies

ARCH06025 201900 Field school None

Indicative Syllabus

The practical components of the module will vary from year to year based upon the material we have to work with. However the following topics will be covered in some detail with extra time spent on developing a students stratigraphic skills

Post-excavation design and project management; stratigraphic matrices; sampling; illustration and photography of artefacts and ecofacts; preparing material for specialist analysis; cataloguing ecofacts and artefacts; preparation of samples for radiocarbon dating; assessing the data to develop site interpretation; preparation of Interim Excavation Report (for the NMS and NMI); preparation of material for entry; preparation of data for publication; preparation of archive for final deposition in the NMI.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Stratigraphy exercise Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % Week 4 2,3,4,5
2 Interim report section Continuous Assessment Essay 40 % Week 8 2,3,4,5
3 Appendix/catalogue exercise Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % Week 10 1,2,3,4,5,6
4 Personal logbook Continuous Assessment Assessment 20 % Week 12 1,2,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Group Learning Flat Classroom Group Learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Lab Practical 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Readings will vary from year to year, mainly published excavation reports.

Journal Resources

MOLAs journal

URL Resources

Other Resources

Listings will be provided in the class.

Additional Information

This module requires being timetabled in a 3 hour weekly block to maximise the integration of theory and practical components.