IAD 2018 Save-the-Date
July 2, 2018

IAD 2018 Date
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Mark October 20th on your calendars! Make sure you join us for this annual celebration of archaeology around the world!

Preparations for International Archaeology Day (IAD) 2018 are well underway and more than 120 organizations have committed to host and/or publicize archaeological events during the month of October. If your organization hasn't committed yet, sign up to add an event to the calendar  OR fill out the Collaborating Organization agreement form.

Achill Island 2018: Week 6
June 20, 2018

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We began drawing the faces of the baulks to record the vertical stratigraphy of the site this week.

Having removed all of the collapse layers from the building, this week we began drawing the faces of the baulks to record the vertical stratigraphy of the site. Towards the end of the week, once these drawings were complete we removed the cross baulks. With the baulks removed we have a much better sense of the size and organization of the building. It means too that we can now investigate the doorway, which was concealed under one of our baulks. Continued work around the exterior of the building has revealed a number of areas of possible paving or cobbling.

Pompeii 2018: Week 4
June 20, 2018

Figure 1: View of the N-S concrete wall incorporated into the foundation of the E portico of the Sanctuary of Venus. To the left: foundation of the Flavian portico. (Author: Dan Diffendale; VPP).
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Some interesting finds this week enrich our picture of the neighborhood predating the monumentalization of the Sanctuary.

Week 4 (June 11-15) has brought us some interesting finds that will enrich the picture we have of the neighborhood for the period immediately predating the monumentalization of the Sanctuary.

Pompeii 2018: Week 3
June 18, 2018

Figure 1: Photomodel of SU 2951, a probable working surface of the Augustan building site in the open court of the sanctuary of Venus (Author: Dan Diffendale and Matt Harder; VPP)
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We made progress on all fronts including removal of fill related to the first monumental sanctuary, finally reaching pre-Roman levels.

Week 3 (June 4-8) has seen great progress on all fronts.

Achill Island 2018: Week 5
June 13, 2018

Work ongoing at keem
Brief Description: 
We began to remove the stone collapse this week to reveal the structure of the building, an exciting process.

With the stone collapse now planned and modelled we began to remove it to reveal the structure of the building. This is an exciting process where the site transforms from a mound of loose stone and soil to a very legible structure. We began stripping out the collapse in Quadrant B, before moving on to work on the other areas. The walls of Building 24 survive much better than previous buildings excavated at Keem; up to five stone courses are extant in places. The walls are up to 1.40m thick and are composed of an inner and outer drystone facing wall with an earthen core.

Ferrycarrig 2018: Winter, Week 4
June 11, 2018

Brief Description: 
Intern Madeleine Harris describes students finds, birds of prey(!) and a Fulacht Fia.

In the fourth of our internship series of blogs, Madeleine Harris describes students finds, birds of prey(!) and a Fulacht Fia. What an exciting week...

Week 4 –  January 22, 2018

by Madeleine Harris

Achill Island 2018: Week 4
June 11, 2018

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Our task this week involved cleaning back the topsoil, and the form of Building 24 is already visible.

This week we started to really get into the archaeology. With the sod removed the next task involved cleaning back the topsoil to reveal the various features. Already the form of the building is visible under the thick layers of rubble. A number of large in-situ stones from the walls can be seen poking out from the collapse. Once the rooty topsoil was cleaned back, we began to plan the site at a scale of 1:20. This is our first plan and it will record the site in its collapsed state. In addition to scaled drawings we also recorded the building using photogrammetry.

Ferrycarrig 2018: Winter, Week 3
June 11, 2018

Planning in the Big Dig
Brief Description: 
In this blog, Learn International intern Madeleine Harris describes Week 3.

In this blog, Learn International intern Madeleine Harris describes Week 3. The very enthusiastic students are now making lots of progress.

Week 3 – January 15, 2018

by Madeleine Harris

Ferrycarrig 2018: Winter, Week 2
June 11, 2018

Maddy and Grace sieving
Brief Description: 
Grace talks about Week 2 in the second of our internship series of blogs.

In the second of our internship series of blogs, Grace talks about Week 2. Can’t wait to get students out there digging in Summer.

Week 2 – January 7, 2018

by Grace Dennis-Toone

Ferrycarrig 2018: Winter, Week 1
June 11, 2018

Brief Description: 
After excavating at Ferrycarrig, our interns undertook desktop archaeological work.

In Spring 2018 we launched our first dual location internships.  Our first Learn International intern Madeleine (Maddy) Harris, and our IAFS field school ambassador at Flinders University, Australia – Grace Dennis-Toone excavated at Ferrycarrig and then undertook desktop archaeological work, contributing to ongoing research projects, in our Midland office. The girls wrote a series of blogs detailing their time with IAFS. Here is the first blog where Grace talks about Week 1

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