Summer 2018  

2018 Summer Syllabus

BAFS Flyer summer 2018

Life and Death in the Friary

BF Summer 1   Intensive course in Fieldwork, Bioarchaeology and Post-Excavation Methods

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 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. 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 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).
  • 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.

 

BF Summer 2   Introduction to Excavation Techniques

This two-week course is aimed at anyone without previous experience in archaeological excavation. You will receive training in excavation methods, theory and practice, use of tools and equipment, basic survey and recording techniques and an introduction to post-excavation processes. Two field trips are included in this course.

On completion of this two-week introductory course students will be able to:

  • Understand the theory and practice of archaeological excavation, including the single context recording system, site grid, stratigraphy, and the Harris Matrix.
  • Excavate 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.
  • Excavate, retrieve, bag and record archaeological objects (artefacts and ecofacts).
  • Understand the process of post-excavation analysis by participating in the work.

 

BF Summer 3   Advanced course in Excavation Techniques

This course is for those with a demonstrable level of experience (minimum two weeks field experience) in field excavation. Students who book this course in mid-July may be eligible to for a one-week place in the bioarchaeology module, numbers permitting. Advanced excavation and post-excavation methods will be taught during this course, and two field trips will be included.

On completion of this two-week advanced course students will be able to:

  • Understand the theory and practice of archaeological excavation, including the single context recording system, site grid, stratigraphy, and the Harris Matrix.
  • Excavate an archaeological feature.
  • Fill in context sheets, do scaled drawings, take properly set up photographs, take levels, co-ordinates and document these.
  • Excavate, retrieve, bag and record archaeological objects (artefacts and ecofacts).
  • Assist the creation of the post-excavation records.

Course dates and pre-requisites:

ID Course Name Duration Start Date Pre- requisites
BF Summer 1 Introduction to Fieldwork, Bioarchaeology and Post-Excavation Methods 4 weeks Monday 2 July None
BF Summer 2 Introduction to Excavation Techniques 2 weeks Monday 18 June 2018 and every second week thereafter until 29 July None
BF Summer 3 Advanced Methods and Post-excavation, introduction to bioarchaeology * 2 weeks Monday 18 June 2018 and every second week thereafter until 29 July 2 weeks field experience (for bio) 2 weeks lab experience or a mix for excavation

Costs 

Below is the list of course fees. Included in the fees are tuition, accommodation, lectures and fieldtrips. International transfers and travel are not included. 

ID  Programme  Course Dates  Cost 
BF Summer 1  Introduction to Fieldwork, Bioarchaeology and Post-Excavation Methods  2 July – 27 July 2018  €3250 
 BF Summer 2  Introduction to Excavation Techniques  18 June 2018 and every second week thereafter until 29 July 2018  €1650 
BF Summer 3  Advanced Methods and Post-excavation, introduction to bioarchaeology*  18 June 2018 and every second week thereafter until 29 July 2018  €1850 

*The opportunity to participate in the bioarchaeology 1-week course is dependent on dates and availability. The course will only run from 9 July – 20 July 2018 inclusive. 

How to Apply 

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