AR1011: The Archaeology of Prehistoric Ireland

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 30, Max 40.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semester 1.
Teaching Methods: 24hr(s) Lectures (24 hours of lectures over 8 evenings)
Module Co-ordinator:
Lecturer(s): Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology; Staff, Department of Archaeology, PhD researchers.
Module Objective: To provide a general introduction to the prehistoric archaeology of Ireland from 8000 BC to the fifth century AD.
Module Content: A general introduction to the prehistory of Ireland based largely on archaeological information. The lectures deal with the earliest settlement of Ireland, c.8000¿3000 BC, from foragers of the Mesolithic period to the arrival of Neolithic farmers and their megalithic tomb traditions. This is followed by a consideration of the many developments that marked the transition to the Bronze Age, including the adoption of metal use and changes in ritual practices. The module examines the Late Bronze Age and Iron Age periods in Ireland, c.1500 BC to AD 400, and the nature of the indigenous society that preceded the first Celtic influences on Ireland. The process of Celticisation is considered in terms of its implications for Irish ethnicity, language and culture. The course ends by considering Ireland's contacts with the Roman world in the early first millennium AD.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Trace the development of human societies in Ireland in the prehistoric period from several different perspectives
  • Assess the nature of human settlement in different periods of prehistory in the Munster region
  • Recognise prehistoric monuments and artifacts found in Ireland, and specifically in Munster
  • Examine the local landscape context of prehistoric settlement in the student's home area
  • Assess the touristic potential of prehistoric sites and monuments in Ireland.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2000 word essay (100 marks)).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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