Achill Island 2018: Week 15-16
September 12, 2018

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We spent one last day on site doing survey work, then post-excavation analysis began!

With the excavations done at Caraun Point, post-excavation analysis could begin. Before delving into shell sorting and soil sieving we spent one last day on site doing some last bits of survey work. Using a total station, we recorded the location of our trench corners as well as the base points for our midden surface surveys. We also continued our ongoing survey of the eroding coastline at the site, before getting rained off. After that it was back to the lab. Soil floatation took the better part of a day.

Achill Island 2018: Week 14
September 10, 2018

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During our last week at Caraun Point, we had an open day, a guest lecture, and an animal bone workshop.

Week 14 is our last week of excavation on Caraun Point for 2018. As well as finishing off the last of our excavation, drawing, and recording, we had an open day on Monday, a guest lecture on Tuesday and a day-long animal bone workshop on Wednesday!

2019 Annual Meeting Registration and Hotel Now Open
September 6, 2018 | by Author AIA

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The 2019 AIA Annual Meeting will be held in San Diego, California, from January 3-6 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. Registration is now open and discounted hotel rooms can now be booked.

Registration for the 2019 AIA and SCS Joint Annual Meeting is now open. Be sure to register prior to the early deadline of November 10th to get the lowest rate.  Full details are available on the AIA Annual Meeting Registration Page.

The conference hotel, the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, is now accepting reservations for the Annual Meeting as well. More information is available by visiting the Annual Meeting Hotel/Travel Page.

Achill Island 2018: Week 13
September 6, 2018

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We are now in primary occupation material, finding marine shell, butchered animal bone, and green glass.

During week 13 we continued to investigate the interior of the building. With the secondary deposits almost entirely removed we are now in primary occupation material. Dark occupation layers composed of sand and peat cover most of the internal floor area, and are suggestive of the repeated addition of both materials to the floor surface. Along with occasional pieces of marine shell we are finding fragments of butchered animal bone and green glass, but so far only three tiny sherds of pottery—coarse red earthenware—have been found.

List of Collaborators Grew in July
August 30, 2018

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28 Collaborating Organizations signed up for International Archaeology Day 2018 in July.

The summer heat often makes July a slow month, but despite the high temperatures and traditional vacation period 28 Collaborating Organizations signed up for IAD 2018 in July.

The following groups signed up in July:

Ferrycarrig 2018: Summer, Week 3
August 27, 2018

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Our interns, like returning student Aisling, gain unique, hands-on experience in various aspects of archaeology.

Through our internship programs students gain unique, hands-on experience in various aspects of archaeology. Read below about former IAFS student Aisling Lacey and how excited she is to be rejoining us this summer as an intern …

Week 3 – June 11, 2018

by Aisling Lacey

Ferrycarrig 2018: Summer, Week 2
August 24, 2018

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Intern Erin shares the story of her internship experience this summer with IAFS.

The excitement of an IAFS internship is seeing the whole experience as a learning opportunity. Below intern Erin Kislan who worked alongside us this summer tells her story…

Week 2 – June 4, 2018

by Erin Kislan

Achill Island 2018: Week 12
August 24, 2018

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Our week started with a number of exciting finds, and we continued to work down through the layers in both trenches.

Week 12 started with a number of exciting finds. On Monday morning James and Élsa uncovered a broken hand-mill or quern stone in the refuse area around the north door. Rotary hand-mills were widely used in Ireland from the late prehistoric period onwards. In west Mayo they are attested in the post-medieval period where they were used to grind cereals such as oats and rye to make bread, oatcakes, meal or poitín. Our millstone is made from local schist and has rough circular decoration pecked around its central hole.

AIA Tours: Hiking Scotland's Inner & Outer Hebrides
August 23, 2018 | by

Calanais (Callanish) stone cicle

IAD 2017 Recap: Save Cultural Heritage Group, Pakistan
August 21, 2018

SCHG, Pakistan IAD 2017
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This is a follow-up report from our partner, Save Cultural Heritage Group, about their day-long event for IAD 2017. All types of archaeology-related activities help raise awareness of the discipline in our communities.

From Pakistan:  Save Cultural Heritage Group organized an event for our belated celebrations of

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