This module provides students with the skills needed to engage with some of the major issues of Irish archaeology at an advanced level, by employing techniques, approaches or theoretical perspectives from elsewhere in the world. The module also trains students to prepare their research on Irish archaeology for publication in peer review journals. As part of this module students consider five major themes that encompass a range of issues and debates with which archaeologists frequently have to grapple in their interpretation of the past. A common theme throughout the module is one of continuity versus change: how, why and when did cultures change; did cultures necessarily perceive the change as we do today; did death present an opportunity to express links with, or severance from, the past, the present, the future; how does the present influence our perception of past change? Different theoretical models and analytical approaches are tested and critiqued in relation to specific issues in Irish archaeology. The subjects are explored through a series of lectures and student-led seminars.
You will gain an understanding of a wide range of different theoretical perspectives and analytical approaches to problem solving in archaeology, as well as a deeper understanding of some of the major issues in Irish archaeological research.
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Gill Plunkett
Other Contributor: Dr Dirk Brandherm
(Image: Dun Ruadh, Co. Tyrone, Linda Boutoille)