The Irish Cultural Landscape


The provides an introduction to formation of the Irish archaeological landscape and its main features, from the Mesolithic to the early 1900s. Through field trips and personal experiences, learners will be encouraged to develop a sense of connection to the rich and varied cultural landscape of Ireland. Fieldtrips to local sites in Mayo  will assist in developing a curiosity in the development of a cultural landscape and perhaps creating a sense of connection with place and tradition. Visits to relevant field sites will allow the student to gain first-hand, practical experiences which will assist the students in landscape interpretation when delivering outdoor learning experiences.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain how humans have impacted on the Irish  cultural landscape form Mesolithic times to Anglo-Norman times.

  2. Recognise and differentiate the most prominent characteristics and features of each archaeological period

  3. Interpret the archaeological landscape for themselves and for others as part of an outdoor learning experience

  4. Identify the uniqueness and variety of the Irish cultural landscape and appreciate how the changing nature of human society are reflected by the surviving monuments and human landscapes

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