Location: Inishark, Galway, Ireland
Season Dates: June 4, 2014 - June 26, 2014
Application Deadline: April 15, 2014
Affiliation: University of Notre Dame
Project Director: Dr. Ian Kuijt
The 2014 Inishark Archaeological Field School involves three weeks of practical instruction in the methods and theory of archaeological survey, excavation and laboratory analysis focused on nineteenth century Irish island life. Excavating on the uninhabited island of Inishark, Co. Galway, Ireland, students learn field techniques and apply them to investigations of historic archaeological materials by working with artifacts collected during the field course. In addition to the basic archaeological techniques the class will introduce students to modern remote sensing methods, historical eighteenth through twentieth architecture, and analysis of ceramic and glass materials.
The 2014 summer research will focus on the detailed excavation of House 8, a buried and remarkably well-preserved sod and stone house dating to the 1870s, as well as excavation of several contemporary stone houses. The field work will consist of camping on this remote island for two weeks, and then spending a third week doing laboratory analysis while staying at the Doonmore hotel on the nearby island of Inishbofin. Living and excavating on this remote island, students will conduct research on the rise and collapse of kelp and fishing industries, island lifeways, and the process of immigration to mainland Ireland, England, and America. In previous years this community archaeology project has involved undertaking excavations with the Irish National School system, bringing on local, Irish, and other volunteers on the field project. As with other summers, in 2014 we will be holding a community event on Inishbofin. There are no prerequisites for this course, but prior exposure to an introductory course in anthropology or archaeology is helpful. In addition to tuition, this course requires payment of a project fee to cover living expenses.
Period(s) of Occupation: Historic, Post-Medieval
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full session
Minimum Age: 18
Experience Required: None; introductory class to anthropology or archaeology recommended
Room and Board Arrangements
Approximately two weeks will be spent camping on Inishark, which is unoccupied. Additional time will be spent at the Doonmore Hotel on Inishbofin. Room and board are included in the project fee. Please see http://clicproject.wordpress.com/about/student-fees/ for details.
Name of institution offering credit: University of Notre Dame
Number of credits offered: 3
Tuition: See website
Dr. Ian Kuijt
617 Flanner Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556