CPD Events 2022

Introduction to Archaeological Illustration

This half day follow along illustration session will introduce the theory and technique of archaeological illustration. This will be held online on Friday November 25th from 10am. Learn about the basic skills necessary to produce archaeological illustrations for final reports and publication. This session is live online, the participant will be able to discuss different aspects of illustrations with Sara Nylund and she will be demonstrating how to draw a find live on camera. Participants can follow along with their own drawings if they want, using traditional materials and methods such as pencils, pens, paper, permatrace, callipers and rulers. Digital will be mentioned but not discussed in detail.

On completion you will have an understanding of what is needed to create a finds drawing, where to find reference materials and next steps for further practice Some of the main topics covered will be:
• Overview of techniques and conventions – pottery and lithics
• Best Practice, Health and Safety
• Practical session – follow along illustrating pottery & small finds
• Review of illustrations (voluntary)

This half day online course is free and kindly sponsored by the National Monuments Service and the Heritage Council. Please register at iaiarchaeology@gmail.com

 

 

LiDAR Technology CPD

The IAI are pleased to announce a CPD workshop, in collaboration with the UCD School of Archaeology, on using LiDAR technology. This in-person workshop will cover: an Introduction to LiDAR, from pointcloud to GIS, LiDAR visualization, LiDAR-based prospection and a data clinic (bring your own data!). This is a full day workshop and will take place from 10am-4pm, on Friday November 4th  at Ardmore Annex, UCD. There is no charge for this workshop, but use of your own laptop is required and a Windows laptop is recommended. Spaces are limited; to book a place please contact Niamh at iaiarchaeology@gmail.com.

 

I’m an Archaeologist, ask me anything! – An introduction to professional archaeology and the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland

This student focused CPD workshop aims to provide advice and information for students and early career practitioners in the archaeological sector. As well as providing an overview of the IAI as the representative all-island organisation for professional archaeologists, it will cover employment opportunities, employment rights and provide an open forum for participants to voice their own questions and concerns entering the field of archaeology. This workshop will be led by James Kyle, current Chair of the IAI and the Chair of the Archaeology Branch of Unite the Union. James has over two decades of experience working in archaeology and is currently Project Manager at Archaeology and Built Heritage.

 

This workshop takes place online at 4pm October 19th and is free to all students and early career archaeologists regardless of their membership status with IAI. To register, please contact Niamh at iaiarchaeology@gmail.com.

 

 

National Museum of Ireland and IAI CPD  Post-excavation Workshops *UPDATE*

The IAI in collaboration with our colleagues in the National Museum of Ireland, are offering three full-day CPD workshops based on the updated advice notes for excavators published by the NMI earlier this month.

These workshops aim to highlight the processes and requirements of post-excavation work for accessioning material to the NMI archive, to ensure that all are fully aware of these requirements and of the potential costs, time, and obligations arising from the license conditions, to ensure that everyone is working to the same standards. A range of topics will be covered on the day including; block-lifting a delicate/fragile object on site; physically numbering an object; packing finds, objects, metal objects, fragile objects, the boxing of human remains, the storage and packing of processed environmental samples, completing NMI Excel spreadsheets, x-raying finds, accessing the NMI collections, completing alter and export applications and depositing material in the NMI.

Full schedule is available here: IAI NMI Post-Ex-Workshop

The dates for these workshops are:

Friday, 20th May: RSAI Merrion Sq South, Dublin 10am – 4pm

Friday, 17th June: The Longford Arms Hotel, Longford 10am – 4pm

Saturday, 10th September: Online webinar 10am – 4pm

Please note that each of these workshops will be covering the same content.

This event of open to both members and non-members and registration is free. To register, please email Niamh at iaiarchaeology@gmail.com with your preferred date/venue.

 

IAI Lunchtime CPD Friday 6th May with Prof. Graeme Warren on Hunter-Gatherer Ireland

Friday, May 6th from 1-2pm with a talk and Q&A session from Prof. Graeme Warren on his new book Hunter-Gatherer Ireland: Making Connections in an Island World.

The Mesolithic of Ireland: asking the right questions
This session summarises new perspectives on the Irish Mesolithic, drawing on the recently published Hunter-Gatherer Ireland. The aim is to provide narratives to articulate the evidence characteristic of the Irish Mesolithic as the result of people’s choices, social relationships and historical development. In doing so we provide a story for the period into which new discoveries and findings can be placed – providing a story of the Mesolithic that moves beyond ill-defined huts, wind-breaks, camp-sites, the activities of hunting and gathering and narratives of isolation and impoverishment. Two main case studies will be developed: one providing a new typology of buildings in the Irish Mesolithic, interpreting these as resulting from the creation of a distinctive form of sociality characteristic of mobile hunter-gatherers and secondly revisiting ideas of island isolation, de-population and technological simplification at the Earlier-Later Mesolithic transition.Graeme Warren is a Professor in the School of Archaeology, University College Dublin, having been appointed in 2002 to expand the School’s practical teaching skills and provide a specialism in early prehistory. His archaeological research includes hunter-gatherers, humans in mountain landscapes, and long-term landscape histories. He is a specialist in the Archaeology of Hunter-Gatherers, with his primary research focus mainly in NW Europe. He is the coordinator of the new MSc/G Dip in Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology in UCD (first intake Sept 2021) and is conference organiser for the next CHAGS meeting, the international Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies to be held in UCD in June 2022 (https://www.ucd.ie/archaeology/chags13/). He is Vice-President of the International Society for Hunter-Gatherer Research and leads active research projects focusing on hunter-gatherer material culture and landscapes in Ireland and Scotland. Graeme is a collaborator on a major international project focusing on Norway and Scotland (https://uis.no/en/life-after-storegga-tsunami-last), leads the UCD Hunter-Gatherer Research Group, and has a major research project in Scotland focusing on Mesolithic lives in the Cairngorms. He also co-directs a major field project in Glendalough. This collaborative project includes teaching, community archaeology, contributions to the management of the landscape and is providing new information about an iconic Irish landscape.This is a free online event. To register, please email Niamh at iaiarchaeology@gmail.com
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CPD – Archaeology: adding value to development and construction (online)

With speakers Kate Geary and Ciara Brett, at 1pm, 15th February 2022

This CPD workshop will focus on the social, environmental and economic gains to be achieved when archaeology is integrated within construction projects. Using case studies to illustrate the benefits successful management of archaeology in construction can bring, the workshop be of interest to a wide range of built environment professionals who engage with archaeology as part of their work. Further information and registration HERE


The Board of the IAI would like to acknowledge and thank the Heritage Council

for their continued support and funding for all of our CPD events run throughout 2021

CPD Events 2021 (all events delivered online until further notice)

 

CPD – Conservation in Common (9th Dec, 1pm)

The first lunchtime session of the ‘Conservation in Common’ programme, entitled ‘Informed conservation: understanding significance to manage change in the historic environment’, will take place on Thursday 9 December at 1pm.

This session will provide an overview of a holistic, values-based approach to conservation, based on understanding the asset and its setting, and reflected in the recent draft NI Conservation Principles.  It will explain the concept of Significance, which provides the essential foundation for all projects involving change to the historic environment, regardless of their scale or complexity, firmly rooted in international heritage protection policy. See full details on the RSUA website

This cross-disciplinary series of events for professionals will have four online lunchtime events – a bundle cost of £40+VAT.

Our other events will follow in the new year:

  • Tuesday 15 February 2022 – Archaeology: adding value to development and construction. More
  • Thursday 10 March 2022 – Saving the 21st More
  • Thursday 7 April 2022 – Sustainability and the SPAB approach. More

Conservation in Common is run in partnership with The Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA), The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA), the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) Northern Ireland Branch, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) Ireland, Building Control NI (BCNI) and the Department for Communities Historic Environment Division (HED)

 

CPD Exploring our Vernacular Heritage (22nd Oct, 2pm)

The IAI is pleased to announce a CPD presentation by Barry O’Reilly of the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, on Friday 22nd October, at 2 pm. This seeks to highlight the distinctiveness of our vernacular heritage as the most fundamental and enduring aspect of human activity. Its relevance for the archaeologist is illustrated through exploring its materials and crafts, buildings and settings, as well as the various layers of the vernacular landscape.

Barry has been researching and writing on the built vernacular heritage in Ireland and abroad for several decades. He has lectured extensively at UCD, TCD and elsewhere, is author of Living under Thatch (2004), co-author of Ballyknockan: a Wicklow stone-cutters village (1997) and numerous articles for journals. He is editor for Europe in the forthcoming revised edition of the Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World. Over the last decade and a half, vernacular settlements/hamlets and the vernacular/traditional landscape have been his principal research interests. Based at the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage since 2003, he is responsible for the forthcoming ‘A Living Tradition: a three-year strategy for our built vernacular heritage’.

Interested members can contact secretary@iai.ie to register for this free WebEx event.

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Archaeology and the Heritage Council (15th Oct, 2pm)

The IAI is delighted to announce an online  CPD event by Ian Doyle of the Heritage Council, on Friday 15th October, at 2pm.

Ian will describe the work of the Heritage Council across its many programmes and will describe the main kinds of funding schemes that are available. Details on archaeological projects and in particular those involving community approaches will also be covered.

Ian Doyle is Head of Conservation with the Heritage Council and is currently chair of the Royal Irish Academy Standing Committee on Archaeology.

Interested members can contact secretary@iai.ie to register for this free WebEx event.

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IAI are pleased to accept registrations from those who wish to attend a lunchtime CPD event addressing the matter of informed sampling as it assists in the development of chronological models and form an integral part of the Bayesian approach. The event titled Informed Sampling, Taphonomy, context and the Bayesian approach is delivered by Dr. Katharina Becker and Dr. Derek Hamilton on Friday 9th July at 1- 2.30pm. The event with introduce the concept of Informed Sampling which is key to effective and meaningful post-ex analysis, in particular, but not restricted to, radiocarbon dating. The trainers will be using real-life examples to demonstrate how reflection on the relevance of contexts and the relationship of potential samples to these contexts ensures that radiocarbon dates and other specialist data generated are meaningful and useable. Such well-selected samples are critical for the development of chronological models and form an integral part of the Bayesian approach.

 
Katharina Becker is a lecturer in the Department of Archaeology in UCC. Her research interests span a variety of aspects of the archaeology of Later Prehistoric Ireland (Late Bronze Age and Iron Age), including depositional practices, social structures and settlement archaeology; and the development of typo-chronological frameworks for the Irish Iron Age. She is co-author of the forthcoming Rathgall monograph (Wordwell books) and has worked over the past 15 years extensively with the datasets generated in infrastructural and other excavation work, especially in relation to the construction of chronologies and related methodological issues. She is currently in the advanced stages of writing a textbook on the Iron Age of Ireland which will provide a synthetic interrogation of old and new data and provide a new framework for the study of the period and is always interesting in hearing of and commenting on new sites!
 
 
Derek Hamilton is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow’s Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC). He specialises in the Iron Age archaeology of north-west Europe, radiocarbon dating, isotopic analysis, and statistical modelling. While much of his personal research is on British Iron Age societies, he is a regular collaborator on other time periods and places, working on all periods of European prehistory as well as the prehistoric and historic periods in the Americas, Asia, and Africa. He regularly uses Bayesian statistical modelling of radiocarbon dates as a key element of his research and recently co-authored “The myths and realities of Bayesian chronological modeling revealed” in American Antiquity (2018) and is currently completing a handbook on Radiocarbon Dating for archaeologists, which traces the technique from first principles to final interpretation of the site chronology.

 

IAI are pleased to accept registrations to attend a lunchtime CPD event dealing with important changes to the Professional Services Withholding Tax (PSWT) system. These changes will affect all archaeologists who provide services to Government bodies.

The online event Introduction to ePSWT – going paperless and how it affects your business will be delivered by Brian Farrell, Revenue Commissioners on Friday 21 May 2021 from 1-2pm

Brian Farrell works in the Systems Support Branch of Personal Division in Revenue.  He is the Business owner for the development, maintenance and testing of key corporate Revenue systems including the Common Registration System database (CRS), Revenue Online Service (ROS), Integrated Contacts (iC – Revenue’s customer contact management system) and elements of Integrated Taxation System (ITS, Revenue’s processing and financial system).

Elements of ITS under his remit include being the business owner of systems for the following taxheads – Capital Gains, Corporation Tax, Income Tax, Relevant Contracts Tax, some incentives including Help to Buy and Home Renovation. Previous projects he has led include eTax Clearance.

 

 

IAI are pleased to accept registrations from IAI members to attend a lunchtime CPD event dealing with aspects of setting up and running a business as an archaeologist on Friday 23 April 2021 from 1-2pm online. This event is aimed towards Early Career Archaeologists who may be unfamiliar with the steps and requirements needed to run a business successfully. The event titled ‘Starting a business for early career archaeologists’ is delivered by Jane Byrne, Chartered Accountant (ACA), Chartered Tax Consultant (CTC)

The session will address:

Introduction to Revenue, ROS, My Enquiries, Filing Deadlines & Tax Clearance Status

Trading as a Self Employed individual, dealing with VAT & PAYE and when one should move in a company trading entity

Managing book-keeping on a daily/weekly/monthly basis and how to maintain records as required by Revenue

General discussions on pitfalls and issues that may arise when trading with Revenue/Lending Institutions/Assessment Treatment etc

Jane Byrne’s practice (www.jbca.ie) is based in Tullamore, and has been trading for nearly 5 years as JBCA – myself being the business owner but working with a great team of employees with a wealth of knowledge and experience amongst the team. We service all industries, trades, entity structures etc covering Income Tax, VAT, PAYE, RCT, Corporation Tax long with offering tax planning services and advices on CAT & CGT

While the event is aimed towards early career archaeologists, all IAI members should get something out of attending this session, which will include a questions session after a 35minute presentation.

If you wish to register a place, please complete the registration form – Registration Form – 23.4.21 and email to iaiarchaeology[@]gmail.com

 

 

IAI are pleased to open registrations for a lunchtime online CPD talk by Dr. Niall Colfer (Assistant City Archaeologist, Dublin City Council) titled Corn and Flour Mills in Dublin: Context, Sources and Excavations on Friday 16th April 2021 at 1pm. The talk will be followed by a short questions and answer session and close at 2pm.

If you wish to register a place, please complete the registration form – Registration Form – 16.4.21 and email to iaiarchaeology[@]gmail.com

Niall Colfer is originally from Wexford in the southeast of Ireland. Having received a BA in archaeology from University College Dublin (UCD) in 1995, he then spent over a decade on medieval and post-medieval archaeological excavations, mainly in the Dublin region. An interest in millstone production was developed as a result of having grown up in close proximity to millstone quarries on the Hook Peninsula in Co. Wexford. An MA (2009) and subsequent Irish Research Council funded PhD (2016), were undertaken in University College Dublin, both of which were focused on millstone quarry research.  Niall’s PhD was titled Turning Stone into Bread: The Millstone Quarries of Medieval and Post-Medieval Ireland. Since March 2018 Niall has been employed by Dublin City Council as Assistant City Archaeologist.

 

IAI are pleased to be accepting registrations to an online lunchtime CPD event titled The Irish Post Medieval Archaeology Group – what we do and why we do it delivered by Dr. James Lyttleton (Chair of IPMAG). This event is a collaborative CPD event between IAI and IPMAG and will take place on Friday 26 March 2021 at 1pm.

The talk will address some of the IPMAG’s advocacy work in relation to proposed heritage legislation and some of the projects relating to post medieval heritage that are progressing. The talk will be followed by a short questions and answer session and close at 2pm.

To register for the event, please complete the registration form  – Registration Form – 26.3.21 and return by email to iaiarchaeology[@]gmail.com

 

 

 

IAI are pleased to open registrations to an online events titled Introduction to video content and editing for those working in the heritage sector. The training consists of three 60minute online sessions and will require practical input on the part of the participants, to enable them generate materials they will edit. The training takes place on 1st, 3rd and 5th March 2021.

This event is the inaugural collaborative training event between IAI and the Irish Community Archive Network (iCAN) to development skills and contacts between members of both organisations. As this is a practical event, places are limited on this occasion to 10 IAI members (we will maintain a reserve list). This is a free event, open to all members in good standing and places are allocated on a first-come first-serve basis.

If you wish to register to take part in the CPD event, please download complete the Registration form below and return to iaiarchaeology[@]gmail.com

We would like to thank iCAN for providing the trainer and developing this partnership and we wish to thank our funding bodies Heritage Council, National Monuments Service, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and Creative Ireland

Full details and course outline  – IAI – iCAN CPD Course Outline Feb 2021

Registration form – Registration Form – IAI iCAN Mar 2021

 

CPD Events 2020 –

With the ongoing Covid pandemic and resultant restrictions in place, IAI are unable to deliver any face to face training as was our usual format. The IAI has adapted, as so many of our members and partner organisations and we are developing new CPD content with suppliers and trainers to be delivered online suitable to the needs of our members.

The Institute is developing a lunchtime CPD series of events, that will take place between 1-2pm during the working week. The first one takes place in November 202o.

 

 

    

As our first online CPD event, IAI are pleased to open registrations for a partnership training series of webinars with the Irish Geological Association (IGA). The webinars are a suite of four sessions on the topic of Rocks Used by Our Ancestors, delivered by Prof. Ian Sanders (Fellow Emeritus TCD). The webinars take place at 7-8pm on Tuesday 10, 17, 24 November and 1 December 2020 via Zoom platform. Full details – (click link) Rocks Used by of Our Ancestors (IGA:IAI) online course November 2020

Please book before Friday 6th November to secure your place.

 

Lunchtime CPD – November 2020:

IAI are delighted to announce that Dr. Faye Sayer will run a webinar on the topic of Wellbeing and Archaeology in the Virtual Environment on the Institute’s Cisco Webex platform on Friday 27 November 2020 from 1-2pm.

The session explores the relationship between archaeology and wellbeing, examining the role that archaeology and archaeologists can play in positively impacting individual and community wellbeing. Case studies are used to illustrate how archaeologists can evaluate the impact of their organisations and projects, on visitor, participant, volunteer and staff wellbeing. We will consider the pandemic’s impact on wellbeing and on archaeology, and the ability of virtual archaeology to help support wellbeing. There will be an opportunity to explore future strategies for integrating wellbeing objectives into archaeology programmes and projects.

Dr. Faye Sayer is a Reader in Community Archaeology and Public History at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Her research specialism is in the value and impact of archaeology to the public and community, specifically its impact on wellbeing. Dr Sayer has worked for some of the UK’s most significant heritage organisations, including English Heritage, The Portable Antiquities Scheme, and the Museum of London. She has developed and evaluated public archaeology heritage projects, around the world in the UK, US, Europe, Australia, Nigeria and India and is currently directing an international research project – “Heritage and Well-being: Creating Healthier Societies Through Heritage” – funded by the British Academy.

This event is open to IAI members. Registrations can be made by emailing your willingness to attend to – iaiarchaeology[@]gmail.com. Once registered, you will receive an email invitation to login, the day before the event.

 

 

CPD Events 2019 –

Due to circumstances beyond the organisers control and forecast adverse weather conditions, IAI/UCD have agreed to reschedule this event to the Spring of 2020.

IAI is delighted to offer an experimental archaeology CPD workshop delivered by UCD Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture, University College Dublin.

The workshop titled Early medieval iron smelting workshop for archaeologists will take place on Saturday 7 December 2019 in the Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture within the grounds of UCD. The trainers are Dr. Brendan O’Neill and Prof. Aidan O’Sullivan.

This event will focus on early medieval technologies, allowing attendees to actively participate in an iron smelt. This workshop is part of a series designed to engage with professionals, researchers and interested parties at all levels.

By participating in this workshop attendees will be able to better understand the range of archaeological indicators for iron smelting and their implications. These include the indicative archaeological evidence of burnt spreads, pits, charcoal spreads, fire-reddened soil, furnace fragments, and wastes, generally catagorised as ‘slag’.

Registration is essential as places are limited due to the practical nature of the training

Full details – Course outline and Schedule

Registration form – Registration-Form-7.12.19

 

 

Dual themed weekend event (Due to circumstances beyond our control this event was re-scheduled to Spring 2020)
Lithic production techniques in University College Dublin. Trainer Dr. Bredan O’Neill
Field Walking Techniques at Skerries Mills, Skerries, Dublin. Trainer Dr. Conor Brady

Previous CPD events 2019

Prehistoric pottery: techniques, inclusions, analysis on Saturday 27 April 2019 in the Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture within the grounds of UCD. The trainer is Dr. Brendan O’Neill, UCD.

The event in partnership with UCD under the IAI CPD programme will bring the participants through the stages of the techniques involved in prehistoric pottery production. Training will be done experientially, with participants learning through doing. The participants will prepare the clay and during the course of the day, produce a pottery vessel and learn about the decoration applied to the vessel, as it was in prehistoric times. The course will commence at 9am, with registration from 8.45am.

Lunch in not included in the course fee and people are advised to bring a packed lunch. There are facilities available on the campus. Advance booking is essential and further details will be emailed to registered attendees.

Registration form: 1901 Registration-Form-27.4.19 (click to download) to be returned to CPD Coordinator – iaiarchaeology[@]gmail.com

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – regulations, devices and usefulness for archaeologists on Friday 17th May 2019 in Knowth House, Brú Na Bóinne World Heritage Site, Co. Meath. The trainers are John Lalor (Senior Photographer, National Monuments Service), Dr. Paul Naessens (Western Aerial Survey/NUIG), Dr. Steve Davis (School of Archaeology, UCD), and Kevin Heuston (Drone Media Ltd)

The IAI would like to thank the Office of Public Work for granting permission to use UAV/Drones for training on the World Heritage Site and thereby enabling IAI deliver a unique opportunity for archaeologists to learn about UAV’s as they become more commonly used both inside and outside the profession.

This is an afternoon event and registration is from 1.30pm. Practical flight instruction will commence at 6pm until 8pm (weather dependent). Advance booking is essential, so please reserve your place or email and pay online. Payment can be taken at registration, plus ensure you have reserved a place before attending – iaiarchaeology[@]gmail.com

Course outline – UAV/ Drone Brú Na Bóinne CPD course outline (click to download)

Registration form: Registration Form – 17.5.19 (click to download) to be returned to CPD Coordinator – iaiarchaeology[@]gmail.com

 

Sampling for environmental remains on archaeological excavations: wood, seeds, pollen and insects on Friday 14th June 2019 in Ardmore Annexe, School of Archaeology, University College Dublin with the Members of Environmental Archaeology in Ireland hosted by UCD

The one-day workshop will consist of presentations and supporting practical laboratory sessions. Charred and waterlogged remains of plant macro-remains, pollen, wood and insects will be investigated. Sampling strategies will also be examined, with reference to the TII Palaeo-Environmental Sampling Guidelines ( https://www.tiipublications.ie/downloads/SRM/28-TII_palaeo-environmental-sampling_guidelines_Dec-2015.pdf ) and other approaches. The workshop will start at 10am and finish at 4pm.

Advance booking is required as this seminar involves  planned laboratory sessions.

Course outline – Environmental sampling CPD course outline

Course registration – Registration Form – 14.6.19

 

Best practice in the identification, recording and retrieval of bones for archaeologists on Saturday 21st September 2019 in Greenhills Hotel, Limerick City. Trainer Dr. Fiona Beglane (Sligo IT)/ Dr. Lynda Lynch (Independent Osteoarchaeologist)

This one day workshop offer participants to learn about both human and animal bone as found in archaeological contexts and best practice in recording and processing remains. The course involves formalised presentations and practical workshops. The event is open to IAI and non-IAI members and will be of interest to archaeologists and archaeological managers.

Course outline – Human and Animal bone CPD workshop 21.9.19

Course registration – Registration Form – 21.9.19

 

Underwater Cultural Heritage in Ireland: Process, Practice and Preservation on Saturday 12th October 2019 in Yeats Room, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street, Cork City). Trainer Dr. Connie Kelleher (Secretary, Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group).

IAI is delighted to collaborate with the Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group (IPMAG) who has designed this full day course as part of the IAI CPD programme.

The course will provide a general introduction to Ireland’s underwater cultural heritage (UCH), with a particular emphasis on post-medieval archaeology. It will include an overview of the relevant legislation pertaining to UCH and how this ties into the management and protection of UCH within the planning process in Ireland. Qualifications, suitability and competencies regarding working within the discipline will form part of the discussion, both from a commercial and recreational/scientific perspective. The course will conclude with a general discussion on the ethical questions relevant to UCH from a global perspective as well as highlighting some of the more recent discoveries in UCH in Ireland and elsewhere.

The event commences at 10am (Registration from 9.45) and closes at 4pm. Lunch will be from 1-2pm.

Registration Form – 12.10.19

 

Invasive Species and Archaeology – Awareness and Best Practice on Friday 25th October 2019 in Transport Infrastructure Ireland office, Parkgate Street, Dublin.

This is a free event to attend. Registration is essential. The event commences at 9.30am and finishing at 12noon after a light lunch

IAI is delighted to partner with TII’s Environmental Policy and Compliance section, who has designed a half day training seminar, offering the participant an opportunity to learn about invasive alien plant species (IAPS) from some of Ireland’s leading experts.

The event will introduce participants in the identification of IAPS and the root systems of the species. The participants will learn about the legal mechanism applicable to encountering and interfering with IAPS. The participant will be informed, through case study experiences, of the issues involved in a development context when IAPS are present on/within close proximity to a site. The seminar will offer practical advice on the do’s and don’ts of cleaning tools, equipment and machinery (where applicable) that are in use in an area of IAPS.

Course outline – Invasive species (TII:IAI) course outline October 2019

Course registration – Registration-Form-25.10.19

 

Successfully communicating cultural heritage content using social media and other online sources on Friday 22nd November 2019 in 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 (Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland)

Registration is essential and places are allocated as people reserve them. The event commences at 10.00am (Registration from 9.45am) and finishing at 4.15pm

IAI is delighted to partner with The Discovery Programme – Centre for Archaeology and Innovation  Ireland, who has designed a one day training seminar, offering the participant an opportunity to learn and engage with experts in the heritage sector who will share their insights into communicating cultural heritage using social media and other online sources. The trainers for the day are Dr. Rebecca O’Neill (Project Coordinator at Wikimedia Community Ireland), Padraig Clancy (Project Development Officer, Failte Ireland), Deirdre Burns (Heritage Officer, Wicklow County Council) and Dr. Linda Shine (Public Engagement and Outreach Officer, The Discovery Programme).

The one day training will tease out many of the main issues encountered in the promotion of the products of the cultural heritage sector. The topics addressed will include, the role of online content and the input required; how you can make social media pay or is it a labour of love?; striking a balance – setting a social etiquette and correct tone for use in the social media engagement; are online platforms like social media and blogging the major avenue for publication and publicity or is it a more engaging form of publication?; how do you identify the milestones in communicating in social media; what are the benefits and pitfalls of different social media platforms? what makes a successful media campaign? how do we ensure we engage a wide demographic, and how we can continue to engage with more traditional forms of media.

Course outline – Successfully communicating with social media – course outline

Course registration – Registration Form – 22.11.19

IAI wishes to thank the Heritage Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for their funding support for the delivery of the IAI CPD programme 2019.

 

 

Events 2018

IAI is delighted to offer a CPD practical workshop of post-medieval pottery titled Pottery Identification (i) – post medieval pottery and associated material on Saturday 13th October 2018 in IAI office (Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland) 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. The trainers are Rosanne Meenan (Independent ceramic expert) and Franc Myles (Archaeology and Built Heritage).

Places should be reserved in advance and people interested in attending should return the registration form by email to iaiarchaeology[at]gmail.com

Full details – Post-medieval pottery course outline

Registration form –  Registration Form – 7.7.18

 

IAI is delighted to offer an experimental archaeology CPD workshop delivered by UCD Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture, University College Dublin.

The workshop titled Early medieval iron smelting workshop for archaeologists will take place on Saturday 21 July 2018 in the Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture within the grounds of UCD. The trainers are Dr. Brendan O’Neill and Prof. Aidan O’Sullivan.

This event will focus on early medieval technologies, allowing attendees to actively participate in an iron smelt. This workshop is part of a series designed to engage with professionals, researchers and interested parties at all levels.

By participating in this workshop attendees will be able to better understand the range of archaeological indicators for iron smelting and their implications. These include the indicative archaeological evidence of burnt spreads, pits, charcoal spreads, fire-reddened soil, furnace fragments, and wastes, generally catagorised as ‘slag’.

Registration is essential as places are limited due to the practical nature of the training

Full details – Course outline and schedule 21.7.18

Registration form – Registration Form – 21.7.18

As part of the development of suite of regular CPD events, the IAI’s next CPD workshop entitled An introduction to field walking techniques for ploughzone archaeology will take place on Saturday 12th May 2018 at Skerries Mills, Skerries, Co. Dublin. The trainer for the day is Dr. Conor Brady (Dundalk Institute of Humanities).

This one day introductory training CPD course will enable participants learn how to set up effective recording controls for systematic field walking, carry out field walking with the supervision of a trainer who will assist in helping you identify materials of archaeological significance. The course will show how to record the finds, analyze the finds distribution and be familiar with best practice in terms of storing, recording and handing materials to the statutory authorities.

Participants should note that concerns over growth rates of crops due to uncharacteristic weather, which are beyond our control, may effect the extent of field walking on the day.

Registration Form – 

Course Content and Programme 12.5.18

Due to popular feedback and demand the IAI CPD workshop entitled An introduction to use and application of 3D photogrammetry for archaeologists and those in the heritage sector will take place on Thursday 29th March 2018 at University College Cork (UCCDH Active Learning Space). The trainers for the day are Gary Dempsey and Orla Peach Power.

The morning session will concentrate of the theory behind photogrammetry, based upon some useful case studies. Based upon feedback from previous workshops, the trainers have agreed to facilitate participants who may wish to bring along any small objects/ artefacts to use in the practical afternoon session.

Participants are encouraged to bring along a digital camera and laptop for their usage during the workshop. Please ensure you bring all necessary batteries and cables for your equipment.

Registration Form – 29.3.18 (pdf)/ Registration Form – 29.3.18 (word)

3D photogrammetry 29.3.18 (Course outline – click to download)

CPD Events 2017

The IAI CPD workshop entitled An introduction to use and application of 3D photogrammetry for archaeologists and those in the heritage sector will take place on Friday 30th June 2017 at 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. The trainer for the day is Gary Dempsey (Realsim/ VHN).

This one day training CPD workshop will enable participants learn about and engage with some of the software packages available, learn how to use their digital cameras effectively so that the images can confirm to the requirements of the software, add accurate scale and ground control points, and generate informative and accurate images of the objects photographed.

The course will consist of a morning where the theory will be outlined, as well as some useful case studies. The trainer will outline some of the pitfalls that archaeologists can avoid. The afternoon session will be based around the practical usage of the tools used in 3D photogrammetry and the generation of a useable end product.

(Participants are encouraged to bring a digital camera and laptop computer – details are outlined on the course outline)

Course outline and Schedule  (Click to download)

Registration Form (pdf) / Registration Form (Word) (Click to download)

The IAI CPD workshop entitled An introduction to field walking techniques for ploughzone archaeology will take place on Saturday 22nd April 2017 at Skerries Mills, Skerries, Co. Dublin. The trainer for the day is Dr. Conor Brady (Dundalk Institute of Humanities).

This one day introductory training CPD course will enable participants learn how to set up effective recording controls for systematic field walking, carry out field walking with the supervision of a trainer who will assist in helping you identify materials of archaeological significance. The course will show how to record the finds, analyze the finds distribution and be familiar with best practice in terms of storing, recording and handing materials to the statutory authorities.

(Please note: this is a practical field based training course. Participants need to bring suitable footwear and clothing for a day on site in a ploughed field. Skerries Mills have kindly made their facilities available to participants).

 Course Outline and Schedule 2017 (Click to download)

Registration Form (pdf) / Registration Form (Word) (Click to download)

The IAI CPD seminar entitled  Successful use of social media for those in the cultural heritage sector will take place on Friday 17th February at 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 . The trainers for the one-day seminar are Damien Shiels (Irish in the American Civil War/ Rubicon Heritage), Niamh Donnellan (Heritage Week Coordinator, Heritage Council) and Siobhan Pierce (Education Officer, Archaeology and Natural History, National Museum of Ireland).

The one day training seminar will tease out several queries that will be of value to people in the cultural heritage sector. The topics addressed  will include, the role of blogging; an outline of the input required to run a successful blog; how you can make social media pay or is it a labour of love?; striking a balance – setting a social etiquette and correct tone for use in the social media engagement; is social media and blogging the new form of publication or is it a more engaging form of publication?; identifying the milestones in communicating in social media; what are the benefits and pitfalls of different social media platforms?; what makes a successful media campaign?.

The formalised presentation will be followed by an afternoon participants guided workshop.

Course outline and schedule (Click to download)

Registration Form (pdf) ( /  Registration Form (Word) (Click to download)

Registration on the day will open at 9.40am and the course will commence at 10.00am. The course will run until 4.00pm. Advance booking is recommended.

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