Background

The primary objective of the Inishark Archaeological Field School is to provide students with a better understanding of how archaeology is practiced in the field, how this is done as community archaeology, and how this research helps people understand 19th-century island life.  Students will be provided with both a classroom-setting introduction to archaeological field methods and a practical working knowledge of excavation, field recording, and laboratory techniques.  The field school is part of the broader University of Notre Dame Cultural Landscapes of the Irish Coasts (CLIC) historical and archaeological research project, which focuses on understanding island life in general, and daily life within households in particular.  The CLIC project is broadly focused on understanding island life from the Medieval period onwards on Inishark and Inishbofin, Co. Galway (see the following for a four min video by Notre Dame Magazine on the project http://magazine.nd.edu/news/33373).  Archaeology provides a valuable means of investigating daily life among the tenant islanders who fished and farmed on Inishark in the 1870s.  In the absence of detailed historical or archival records, this research provides the only real means of reconstructing what island life was like after the famine, the rise and collapse of kelp and fishing industries, and the process of immigration to mainland Ireland, England, and America.

Inishark village

Inishark village

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