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 Atlantic wilderness of Clare Island, Co. Mayo.
Course Dates: July 12 – August 8, 2020 has been CANCELLED
Where: Birr (base), Burren and Clare Island
Enrolment Status: CLOSED
Academic Credit: 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units)
Total Cost: US$4,825 (including all meals, accommodation, tuition, instruction, equipment, t-shirt and field trips)
Course Type: Geoarchaeology and Environmental Science
Payment Deadline : N/A
Instructor: Prof. John Feehan, Dr. Stephen Mandal
Apply through the Institute for Field Research – click here