What is the course about?
Our Introduction to Archaeology course examines what archaeology is, and what it is not. It is led and created by professional archaeologists to give a broad understanding of how archaeology is academically approached today and how is has developed since its beginnings as a discipline in the nineteenth century. As we look back on the past we need to understand our own views to work out how we are adding interpretations and what is discernible fact.
This course is suited to anyone with an interest in archaeology and a desire to understand how we approach the remains of past human activity.
“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” (Hartley, L.P., “The Go-Between”, 1953)
Archaeologists don’t dig dinosaurs, that would be a Paleontologist.Archaeology is the study of the stuff people leave behind them. Archaeologists use that to build a picture of life, technology and landscape.
Who Should Attend?
There are no academic prerequisites for this course. Participants in the course will come from a wide range of sectors and demographics.Participants will be asked to consider how fact and interpretation interact and will give you the skills to look at the world around you with new eyes and understand, just some of the impact humanity has had on the landscape around us. This course is suited to anyone with an interest in archaeology and a desire to understand how we approach the remains of past human activity.
This 8 week professional development course will be delivered live online via Zoom one evening per week for 3 hours from 6.00-9.00pm.
Over the 8 classes past processes and modern methodologies will be explored using a variety of examples and case studies.
The intellectual history of archaeology
How we understand the past
How we interpret the past today
Learn from An Archaeologist
Liz Gardner is our course leader and will be delivering the classes. She has been a professional archaeologist for almost 20 years since gaining her MA in Archaeology. She is a member of both the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA) and the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (MIAI). Liz has served as a member of the Advisory Council to the Board of Directors of CIfA and as a Specialist Membership Assessments Officer for CIfA.
As is the nature of commercial archaeology she deals with whatever sites and finds land on her desk. Having run her own archaeological business since 2006, she currently blends commercial heritage consultancy and illustrative support with lecturing in marketing and management.The most common question she is asked is; “so what’s the most interesting thing you’ve found?” She has excavated on sites with prehistoric burials, roman coin hoard to medieval monastic sites but still can’t quite pick the most interesting as they all are in different ways.
She has worked on diverse research projects. Most recently the Archaeology and Ethnography along the Luango Coast in the South West of the Republic of Congo (Wait, Thiaw, Copeland and Gardner., 2018), through the Society of Antiquaries and AHRC funded “Glastonbury Abbey: archaeological investigations 1904-79” (Gilchrist & Green., 2015) amongst others. She has been involved with local history projects such as mapping the houses lost to the flooding of the Liffey and Kings River Valleys, Co Wicklow in the 1930s and 40s.
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