Goals for 2016

House 8 in situ artifacts

House 8 in situ artifacts

The 2016 Inishark Archaeological Field Project involves three weeks of practical instruction in the methods and theory of archaeological survey, excavation and laboratory analysis focused on nineteenth century Irish island life. Excavating on the uninhabited island of Inishark, Co. Galway, Ireland, participants learn field techniques and apply them to investigations of historic archaeological materials by working with artifacts collected during the field course.

  • In addition to the basic archaeological techniques, the project will introduce participants to archaeological survey methods, historical eighteenth through twentieth architecture, and analysis of ceramic and glass materials.
  • The 2016 summer research will focus on; 1) the detailed excavation of House 99, a buried and remarkably well-preserved sod and stone house dating to the 1830s, and 2) the detailed excavation of the remains of an 6-12th century early Medieval stone oratory / bee hive hut, and the stratigraphic connections with an associated early Medieval graveyard.
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