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Archaeology 1 GMIT Mayo Campus

Archaeology 1: Prehistoric Ireland, Britain and Europe (Level 6)

5 Credit, Single Accredited Module, Level 6 - Semester I

Why Study?: 

This module offers an introduction to the prehistory of Ireland, Britain and Europe from earliest humans to the Iron Age, with a particular focus on Ireland.

Key themes include subsistence and society, early farming societies, settlement death and ritual, technological advances, the age of metallurgy.

Programme Modules: 

  • Introduction to the study of European prehistory and emergency of archaeology as an academic discipline.
  • Early humans in Europe: The Palaeolithic.
  • The Mesolithic period: hunter gatherers in Europe and Ireland.
  • The Neolithic period: farming, life and death, case study of megalithic tombs.
  • Metalworking: The Copper and Bronze Ages
  • Iron Age: transition to Iron, art and ritual.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Identify the chronological sequence and principal developments inherent in the study of European archaeology from the Palaeolithic through to the Iron Age.
  • Describe the changing nature of human society and economy in prehistory as reflected by the surviving archaeological site types and artefacts.
  • Outline the range of evidence available to archaeologists and the techniques of analysis and interpretation employed within the discipline.
  • Examine the material culture of the prehistoric period in Ireland and Europe.

Other Essential Information: 

Duration:               2 hours per week (13 weeks), Semester I     

Time:                     7.00-9.00pm/Mondays

Start Date:             September 2020 (Date to be advised)


How to Apply:

Application is made direct to the Institute. 

Please click here to download an application form.


GMIT is planning for blended delivery to be the normal mode of learning and teaching for Semester 1 and possibly all of the 2020-2021 academic year.  Lifelong learning programmes are planned with "remote delivery" of classes, and this will be done within existing blended programme delivery models and times. This will also allow for some level of classroom delivery if Covid-19 restrictions allow later the academic year.

GMIT will continue to adhere to Government guidelines to ensure the safety of students, staff and the wider community



Discipline: Tourism Hospitality and Heritage

Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 6

Category: Single Subject


Dr Yvonne McDermott


Programme Duration: 15 Weeks