Work at Caraun Point continued at Building 3 this week, removing the thick deposits of wind-blown sand.
Work continued at Building 3 removing the thick deposits of wind-blown sand. In the western chamber of the structure the sand was up to 1.5m deep! We systematically removed the sand, collecting marine shell and bone by meter square until we hit a series of intact archaeological deposits inside and outside of the building. In the interior of the building we encountered occupation layers consisting of dark brown sand with significant amounts of marine shell (limpets and winkles) and butchered animal bone.
Hi, my name is Gwen Sanabria and I am a student at the University of Texas at Austin, studying toward a degree in Anthropology. I spent the past four weeks at the digging “the Lost Town of Carrig” in Wexford, Ireland with the Irish Archaeological Field School (IAFS). I really wanted to do a field school before I finished my undergraduate degree to gain more hands-on experience in the field of archaeology.
Hello! I’m Jilian Bernstein and I am studying towards a combined honours in History and Early Modern Studies with a certificate in Art History at University Kings College in Nova Scotia, but I am from Toronto, Canada. I was originally interested in this field school because I like learning about medieval history and architecture, so the opportunity to study the first Anglo-Norman castle in the country is really exciting.
I’m Chris Chan and I am a student at the University of Rutgers, in New Jersey, studying towards a double major in Anthropology and History. I chose the field school in Ferrycarrig with the Irish Archaeological Field School (IAFS) because I had never been to Ireland before and wanted to experience Irish culture. I also liked that the site is set in a public space so we had the opportunity to interact with the public, which is similar to the last field school I participated in, in the United States.
Having finished up work at Keem for the season, we have moved to a new site called Caraun Point.
This week we welcomed a new group of fourteen students to the field school. The group is quite international with students from all over the United States, as well as China, the Netherlands, and Ireland. On Monday on Tuesday we had orientation with lectures and workshops on archaeological field methods, finds identification, and on the background to our new research project at Caraun Point. We hiked up to the Deserted Village of Slievemore to explore some of the vernacular buildings in the settlement and practice buildings recording.
Intern Maddy was busy in Birr this week with meetings across the country and many things to accomplish.
In this penultimate blog, intern Madeleine Harris visits Birr Library, travels to Cork to meet with a medieval pottery specialist, visits the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin and meets with a conservator in University College Dublin.
Our final week at Keem, we focused on resolving the building interior and finishing the drawing and recording.
This was our final week at Keem. With the highest temperatures seen in Ireland since the 1970s, work was hot and slow-going. We focused on resolving the interior of the building and finishing all our drawing and recording. On the interior we completed excavating the hearth area, located diametrically opposite the doorway. Here up to five hearths had been recut in the same location, indicating episodic occupation or reuse of the building. We excavated a sondage in the south-west corner of the interior of the building to examine the floor material.
AIA Tours: Cruising the Baltic Sea July 12, 2018 | by
Our June 2018 voyage in the Baltic, which began in Stockholm and ended in Copenhagen stopped at many notable cities around the Baltic Sea.
Our June 2018 voyage in the Baltic, which began in Stockholm, Sweden, and ended in Copenhagen, Denmark, stopped at many notable cities around the Baltic Sea. During our journey, we explored the towns of Helsinki and Tallinn, plus had two days of tours in and around the beautiful city of St. Petersburg. However, our last stop was probably the most pleasant surprise of our trip.
The IAFS Winter Internship is uniquely holistic, including a wide range of activities.
This week intern Madeleine Harris learns about the discipline of oral histories, travels to Maynooth University and re-visits the Irish National Heritage Park to finalize logistics. The range of activities indicates just how holistic our unique Winter internship is.
Our intern will be learning skills not typically taught in a field school, such as archaeological impact assessment.
This week intern Madeleine Harris travels to Birr for the second half of her internship in the Birr office. She will be learning archaeological skills not typically taught in a field school, starting with archaeological impact assessment skills. This is part of our unique internship which teaches a whole range of archaeological techniques.