ARCH07037 2019 Archaeology of Ireland two-week Study Tour: North-West of Ireland
This intensive module will involve two weeks of touring the north-west of Ireland to examine a full range of Irish archaeological field monuments, museum and cultural visitor centres. This course is ideally suited for any students, either with or without an archaeology background, who wish to initiate or expand their knowledge about Irish culture, landscape and archaeology. Students of this module will learn first-hand about Irish archaeological field monuments and their contexts in the wider landscape, and build their knowledge of Irish culture through this study tour. It is ideally suitable for participants who completed modules in ARCH07035 Prehistoric Ireland, from Ice Age to Iron Age: 12,500BC - AD400 and ARCH07036 The Archaeology and Architecture of Medieval Ireland 400-1550AD.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
1. Discuss with peers about the current archaeological theories, methods, and techniques as practiced in the region in field research, cultural heritage and museum studies
2. Present significant aspects of the archaeology in the Sligo region in a manner suitable for a general audience;
3. Participate in a team research exercise about archaeology and landscape in the North-West region
4. Apply this information toward understanding the role of the archaeology of the north west of Ireland and Ireland
Teaching and Learning Strategies
This module will be taught by academic and expert guides.
Advanced targeted reading material will be provided two months prior to the study tour.
Notes, maps, plans and appropriate material will be provided each day.
Group discussions at each site is required.
Module Assessment Strategies
A review paper of approximately 3,500 words (50%) (relates to Learning Outcome 4, based on proficiency in Learning Outcomes 1, 2, and 3);
2. A self-reflective diary/field log book (40%) (relates to Learning Outcomes 1 and 2); and
3. Group participation (10%) (relates to Learning Outcome 3)
Resubmit a review paper and self-reflective diary/field logbook.
Over the course of two weeks students will visit a wide range of archaeological sites, landscapes and interpretative centres covering the prehistorical and historical periods of Irish archaeology; from Mesolithic sites at Lough Gara to historic country houses and post-medieval industrial sites. Megalithic tombs, Bronze Age barrows, prehistoric settlement sites, ecclesiastic buildings and fortifications along with Important archaeological complexes such as Ceide Fields, the Carrowmore, Knocknarea and Carrowkeel passage tombs as well as the Iron Age ‘Royal Site’ at Rathcroghan are among the places that will be explored. The context of each site, its landscape and mythology will be studied.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Review Paper||Continuous Assessment||Essay||50 %||Week 3||4|
|2||Field Logbook||Continuous Assessment||Assignment||40 %||Week 2||1,2|
|3||Group participation||Continuous Assessment||Group Project||10 %||Week 2||3|
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Conneller, C. and Warren, G. 2006. Mesolithic Ireland and Britain: new approaches. Tempus, Stroud.
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Cooney, G., Becker, K., Coles, J., Ryan, M. and Sievers, S. 2009. Relics of old decency: archaeological studies in later prehistory: Festschrift for Barry Raftery. Wicklow: Wordwell.
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