Irish Artefactual Archaeology & Heritage


This module investigates the story of human activity in Ireland by examination and interpretation of ceramic and metal objects that have survived from various periods of the prehistoric and historic past. The presentation of artefacts to the public, as well as legal and moral issues surrounding artefactual heritage, are addressed. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify major ceramic and metalwork artefact types and styles from different periods of Ireland's past, both prehistoric and historic

  2. Discuss what selected ceramic and metal artefacts can tell about the origins, daily lives, culture, technology and trading contacts of the people who made and used them

  3. Describe, contextualise and visually present selected ceramic and/or metal artefacts of heritage value in a manner suitable for a public audience

  4. Comment on legal and moral issues surrounding the discovery, ownership and curation of artefactual heritage

% Coursework 40%
% Final Exam 60%