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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Brief Description: 
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

Pompeii 2018: Week 2
June 6, 2018

Figure 1: E side of the temple podium: fill of the foundation trench (SU 2602). Note the cavity full of lapilli (photo: VPP).
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Brief Description: 
Our latest report includes highlights from the second week (May 28-June 1) of the Venus Pompeiana Project.

In the W sector of the dig we excavated what we had taken to be an intact stretch of the construction fill from the foundation trench of the trachyte temple podium. This stratigraphic unit seemed to consisted of debris resulting from the in-situ finishing of the blocks (figure 1). A cavity full of lapilli can be associated with the shuttering (formworks) of the concrete substructures, which also retained the baulk of the foundation trench. The lapilli were probably redeposited from above after the post itself had decomposed.

AIA Tours: Cruising the Scottish Isles & Norwegian Fjords
June 5, 2018 | by

Jarlshof at the southern tip of the Shetland Islands. © Lauren Cummings
Description: 
There are many highlights on a tour such as Scottish Isles & Norwegian Fjords, including UNESCO designated sites in Norway, such as the Bryggens waterfront and also the Fjordland. A personal favourite has to be the colourful and vibrant waterfront of the Bryggen area, developed by the Hanseatic merchants from North Germany and whose closed community focussed on the monopoly they held of the fish trade.

There are many highlights on a tour such as Scottish Isles & Norwegian Fjords, including UNESCO designated sites in Norway, such as the Bryggens waterfront and also the Fjordland. A personal favourite has to be the colourful and vibrant waterfront of the Bryggen area, developed by the Hanseatic merchants from North Germany and whose closed community focussed on the monopoly they held of the fish trade.

Achill Island 2018: Week 3
June 4, 2018

At the Napoleonic tower during orientation
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Brief Description: 
The first week this season with a big group of students, the team began work at the site of AAFS’ first excavation at Keem Bay.

This week our first big group of students arrived and we began work at the site of our first excavation at Keem Bay. After orientation on Monday and Tuesday, we started de-sodding on Wednesday. 2018 is our fifth and last season of excavation at the pre-Famine village of Keem. This year we’re targeting what we suspect may be the oldest part of the village, perhaps representing an early seasonal grazing settlement that expanded into a more permanent village during the late 18th century. De-sodding the site was hard work due to the thick heather and fern roots covering the site.

Pompeii 2018: Week 1
June 1, 2018

Figure 1: View of the E court of the Sanctuary of Venus (from S) showing the state of Trenches IIS and IIN during excavations in 2006 (photo: Marcello Mogetta; Pompeii Archaeological Park archive).
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Brief Description: 
The 2018 season of the Venus Pompeiana Project started off with a fun and rewarding first week.

Week 1 of the Venus Pompeiana Project (May 21-May 25) has been fun and rewarding. We got to meet the group of 17 students and volunteers from several Canadian universities who are joining the team in 2018. From day one, their energy and enthusiasm for work has been key to a successful first phase of activities both on site and in the lab.

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