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ANTHROPOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL

IRELAND | 2ND-15TH JULY 2017


LEARN IN THE FIELD BREAK THE GROUND AND BREAK FREE OF THE CLASSSROOM

COMBINE HANDS-ON LEARNING

WITH A CO-CURRICULAR PROGRAM

AND WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS

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YOUR LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR JUST €1750 THIS UNIQUE SUMMER SCHOOL OFFERS YOU THE CHANCE TO GAIN 5 ECTS CREDITS ALONGSIDE MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY STUDENTS WWW.TINYURL.COM/MU-IAFS


AN351 'EXCAVATION AND COMMUNITY ARCHAEOLOGY: CONSTRUCTING PASTS, PLACES AND PERSONHOOD' Gaining archaeology field techniques and field anthropology in a research-driven environment, Students will participate in different research, excavation and post-excavation tasks, and be expected to critically evaluate the wider role of the excavation. Student instruction will be led by an international team of archaeologists and specialists from the Irish Archaeology Field School in the disciplines of archaeology and physical anthropology, through both onsite tuition and a series of onsite workshops and lectures.

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COURSE OVERVIEW ON COMPLETION OF THIS MODULE STUDENTS WILL HAVE ACQUIRED AN UNDERSTANDING OF (A) THE METHODOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION; (B) THE BASICS OF COMMUNITY ARCHAEOLOGY; AND (C) HOW THIS IS USED TO BUILD CONNECTIONS BETWEEN A COMMUNITY AND THEIR HERITAGE. STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO: (1) UNDERSTAND THE BROAD RANGE OF TECHNIQUES USED BY ARCHAEOLOGISTS TO INFER PAST HUMAN BEHAVIOR FROM CULTURAL SITES AND MATERIAL CULTURE; (2) APPRECIATE THE ORIGINS/ROLE OF COMMUNITY ARCHAEOLOGY; (3) HAVE A GOOD BASE UNDERSTANDING OF THE MEDIEVAL HISTORY OF IRELAND, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON MEDIEVAL TRIM. OVER THE TWO WEEKS STUDENTS WILL COMPLETE APPROXIMATELY 80 HOURS, SPREAD OVER THE FOLLOWING AREAS: ONSITE EXCAVATION/PRACTICAL WORK; ONSITE WORKSHOPS; ONSITE LECTURES; FIELD TRIPS; SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING.

LEARNING DETAILS Assessment In total, 60% of the available marks will be allocated during continuous assessment while students are onsite with IAFS (allocated equally for onsite participation [30%] and completion of a field journal [30%]). The remaining 40% will be assessed by examination of a 1,500-word paper, due one week after the completion of the program. Daily work It is important to understand that this is a summer school with a difference. Students will be expected to participate in excavations at the site on a full-time basis Monday to Friday. This work can be physically strenuous and demanding – we want students to engage both bodies and minds as they experience archaeology and anthropology in the field.

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TRIM TRIM IS A BUSTLING HERITAGE TOWN LOCATED IN CO. MEATH, IRELAND. IT IS ARGUED THAT TRIM CAN DATE ITS ORIGINS BACK TO ST PATRICK, AND IS THOUGHT TO BE THE SITE OF A MONASTERY FROM AT LEAST THE SIXTH CENTURY. COUNTY MEATH IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE ROYAL COUNTY AS IT WAS ONCE THE SEAT OF THE HIGH KINGS OF IRELAND. TRANSPORT TO DUBLIN: BUS EIREANN OPERATES AN HOURLY SERVICE BETWEEN TRIM AND DUBLIN. FARES ARE APPROXIMATELY €18 FOR A DAY RETURN, OR €13 FOR A SINGLE FARE.

TRIM CASTLE The magnificent Trim Castle is Ireland's largest Anglo-Norman castle. Built over a period of thirty years by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter, construction commenced c.1176. The massive three-storied, twenty-sided Keep (or stronghold) was protected by a ditch, curtain wall and moat. You might recognize it from the movie Braveheart!

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MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY Where Old and New Meet LOCATED ON ONE OF IRELAND’S OLDEST SITES OF LEARNING, MAYNOOTH IS ALSO IRELAND’S NEWEST UNIVERSITY. THE SITE OF THE SOUTH CAMPUS HAS BEEN A CENTRE OF LEARNING SINCE AT LEAST 1425, AFFILIATED WITH MAYNOOTH CASTLE, LOCATED JUST OUTSIDE OUR CAMPUS GATES. MAYNOOTH WAS FORMALLY FOUNDED IN 1795 AS ST. PATRICK’S COLLEGE, IRELAND’S ‘NATIONAL’ SEMINARY. IN 1997 MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY WAS FOUNDED AS PART OF THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, TODAY MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY HAS APPROXIMATELY 11,000 STUDENTS FROM OVER 90 COUNTRIES. THIS SUMMER MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY WELCOMES YOU TO SHARE IN OUR HISTORY, HERITAGE AND FUTURE! all students will be fully registered as Maynooth University students and will be issued with a transcript for AN351. Students will enjoy a scheduled lecture on campus and have access to all Maynooth University facilities.

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ACCOMMODATION Living with local families in our homestay accommodation, you will have the chance to stay with ‘the world’s friendliest’ people and immerse yourself in Irish life. All our families offer full board so all your meals are provided as are your utilities. Towels and linens are also provided as standard. We will make sure to match you to the best possible family and only use experienced, trusted hosts. Please make sure to disclose any allergies or dietary restrictions at the appropriate spot on the application form.


BEYOND THE CLASSROOM WE KNOW THAT YOU WANT TO GET OUT AND SEE IRELAND WHILST YOU ARE STUDYING. TO THAT END THE ENTIRE GROUP WILL GO ON TWO FIELD TRIPS WHERE YOU CAN VISIT AND LEARN FROM SOME OF IRELAND’S MOST MAGICAL SITES.

EXPERIENCE IRELAND IN ALL IT'S WONDER


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