Topic ID #42712 - posted 9/29/2020 12:13 PM

Blackfriary Archaeology Field School- Ireland



JSkinner

Blackfriary is a dedicated teaching and research field school, committed to providing the best training in archaeological field methods within a public archaeology/community archaeology framework. We make sure that everyone understands our reasons for researching and digging this exceptional site and is trained in all aspects of the excavation. Blackfriary is a community owned site, so by taking part in the ongoing re-imagining of this formerly unloved space, project participants are helping protect and preserve this hugely important part of the heritage of Trim into the future. For those who come to us it’s a wonderful chance to be immersed in Irish life and culture while forging lifelong friendships.

BF Summer 1   Intensive course in Fieldwork and Post-Excavation Methods (4 week) (Accreditation option)

BF Summer 1 will be available to students in both May and June 2021. Students will be introduced to excavation, post-excavation and survey methods. The course is divided between excavation within the friary/friary precinct, post-excavation, recording and survey. Each student will typically spend one week on each element. The excavation, post-excavation and survey sections will be directed and supervised by Finola O’Carroll, Laura Corrway and Ian Kinch.

The objective of this four-week course is to train students in setting out a cutting and tying it to the site grid, the use of various tools, methods of excavation, feature recognition, recording using feature sheets, photography, planning and survey.  All students take part in post-excavation processing, including the formation of the written record. The research strategy and previous results which inform the overall excavation plan will be discussed with students, so they can set their work in the overall context of the research framework. Field trips and lectures will introduce the student to the wider landscape and historical context of the Black Friary, and the town of Trim.

Field trips and in-house and guest lectures will introduce the student to the wider context of the Black Friary, and the town of Trim.

At the end of the four-week course students will:

  • Understand the theory and practice of archaeological excavation, including the single context recording system, site grid, stratigraphy, and the Harris Matrix.
  • Have excavated an archaeological feature.
  • Understand how to fill in context sheets, do scaled drawings, take properly set up photographs, take levels, co-ordinates and document these.
  • Have received an introduction to the digitisation of site plans and drawings
  • Know how to excavate, retrieve, bag and record archaeological objects (artefacts and ecofacts).
  • Have carried out basic environmental sampling.
  • Understand the process of post-excavation analysis by participating in the work.
  • Have processed archaeological finds and know the correct procedures for cleaning and labelling artefacts.

BF Summer 2   Intensive course in Fieldwork, Bioarchaeology and Post-Excavation Methods (4.5 Week (Accreditation option)

Students will be introduced to excavation, post-excavation, bioarchaeology and survey methods. The course is divided between excavation within the friary/friary precinct, post-excavation, bio-archaeology and recording and survey. Each student will typically spend one week on each element. The excavation, post-excavation and survey sections will be directed and supervised by Finola O’Carroll, Laura Corrway and Ian Kinch. The bioarchaeology course is directed by Dr. Rachel Scott.

The objective of this 4.5 week course is to train students in setting out a cutting and tying it to the site grid, the use of various tools, methods of excavation, feature recognition, recording using feature sheets, photography, planning and survey. It also comprises an introduction to bioarchaeology in the field, excavation and post-excavation treatment of human remains, theory and practice. All students take part in post-excavation processing, including the formation of the written record. The research strategy and previous results which inform the overall excavation plan will be discussed with students, so they can set their work in the overall context of the research framework. Field trips and lectures will introduce the student to the wider landscape and historical context of the Black Friary, and the town of Trim.

Field trips and in-house and guest lectures will introduce the student to the wider context of the Black Friary, and the town of Trim.

At the end of the course students will:

  • Understand the theory and practice of archaeological excavation, including the single context recording system, site grid, stratigraphy, and the Harris Matrix.
  • Have excavated an archaeological feature.
  • Understand how to fill in context sheets, do scaled drawings, take properly set up photographs, take levels, co-ordinates and document these.
  • Have received an introduction to the digitisation of site plans and drawings
  • Know how to excavate, retrieve, bag and record archaeological objects (artefacts and ecofacts).
  • Know the principals and best practice for the excavation of human remains, have participated in the excavation and post-excavation processing of human bone and learned the necessary recording techniques
  • Have carried out basic environmental sampling.
  • Understand the process of post-excavation analysis by participating in the work.
  • Have processed archaeological finds and know the correct procedures for cleaning and labelling artefacts.

Course dates and pre-requisites:

IDCourse NameDurationStart DatePre- requisites
BF Summer 1Introduction to Fieldwork and Post-Excavation Methods4 weeks* Session 1: May 4th – May 28th 2021

Session 2: June 1st – June 25th 2021

None
BF Summer 2Introduction to Fieldwork, Bioarchaeology and Post-Excavation Methods4.5 weeks*June 30th – July 30th 2021None

*If these dates don’t suit you, we can facilitate alternative duration; please contact us at info@bafs.ie.

Costs 

Below is the list of course fees. Included in the fees are tuition, accommodation/housing, lectures and fieldtrips. 

ID Programme Course Dates Cost* 
BF Summer 1 Introduction to Fieldwork and Post-Excavation Methods Session 1: May 4th – May 28th 2021

Session 2: June 1st – June 25th 2021

€3250
 BF Summer 2 Introduction to Fieldwork, Bioarchaeology and Post-Excavation MethodsJune 30th – July 30th 20213950

*Accreditation option; contact for details and price

How to Apply

Download an application form here: BAFS Student Application Form

Contact us for an application form at info@bafs.ie 






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