Landscape Archaeology In Ireland: Reading the Irish Landscape and its Role in Ireland’s Cultural Heritage

By September 19, 2019 March 26th, 2020 Programs

Overview: Throughout human time, people have been interacting with the natural landscape, seeking food, water and shelter, and resources with which to build a better life. Understanding the landscape, how it formed and how it has been altered by humans, is an integral part of the study of archaeology.

This unique teaching focused program has been designed to give students an in-depth understanding of the natural landscape, from the underlying bedrock to the glacial landforms, from the overlying soils to the flora and fauna they support. Through this understanding, students will be equipped to study the interaction of humans with the landscape through the millennia. The program combines field studies with laboratory work to piece together three different landscapes in three distinct locations. Staying with local families in homestay accommodation, this program also offers a deeply enriching cultural immersion, guaranteeing students a truly memorable experience.

The program will include field trips to iconic Irish landscapes including the midland blanket and raised bogs in Co. Offaly, the karst limestone landscape of the Burren in Co. Clare and The Curragh, Co. Kildare.

Course Details

  • Course Dates: July 19 to August 1, 2020 has been CANCELLED
  • Where: Birr (base), Burren and The Curragh
  • Enrolment Status: CLOSED
  • Academic Credit: 2 semester credit units (equivalent to 3 quarter units)
  • Total Cost: US$2,945 (including all meals, accommodation, tuition, instruction, equipment and field trips)
  • Course Type: Geoarchaeology
  • Payment Deadline: N/A
  • Instructor: Dr. Stephen Mandal
  • Apply through the Institute for Field Research – click here