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Archaeology class travels to Ireland

first_imgExplore Celtic Iron Age ruins? Check. Examine six-thousand-year-old Neolithic agricultural land? Check. Survive a gale that suspended the ferry system? Check. Rain or shine, 12 Notre Dame students in the Archaeology of Ireland class ventured out each day during Fall Break to study the interdisciplinary facets of archaeology in coastal Ireland. Professor Ian Kuijt, who has taught the course for the past five years, said the trip offered students an experience of the country far more intensive than that available to casual visitors. “[There is] an adaptive, spontaneous aspect to it. You see sites off the beaten track, not ones you’d take a tourist bus to,” Kuijt said. “Most are in remote locations and [students] probably won’t ever see them again.” Kuijt planned this year’s trip in collaboration with Director of Irish Studies Chris Fox and received funding from Richard Sweetman, ’58. Kuijt, accompanied by John O’Neill, a professor at Ireland’s Carlow College, led students in exploring five to eight sites each day. Each student took charge of a site, preparing a tour with write-ups and maps. “When we went to the site, [the student site leader] had to wear a very attractive red safety vest and give a tour for 30 to 40 minutes. They were essentially in charge of that educational moment,” Kuijt said. “That person always got to go on the site first, because it was theirs.” Some of the sites included areas where Kuijt had done archeological surveys in the past, including Omey Island and Inisbofin. Kuijt and his students were prevented from visiting one of their planned sites by an intense gale that shut down the necessary ferry. Kuijt said the students dealt well with the severe weather conditions. “We went out in full rain gear but were getting sunburned on our faces and hands. It’s the roughest I’ve seen it in five years,” he said. “But they took great advantage of it in good spirits, which isn’t something all people can do.” Junior Ryan Lion said the opportunity to employ the skills and knowledge he learned in class made the trip worth the difficult weather and sparse sleep. “Archeology lets you contextualize a period. You can read about it and have it ingrained in you, but when you actually stand in the remains of a building from the sixth century, it really impacts you,” he said. “It was really active, involved learning.” Lion said he was drawn to the Portumna Workhouse site because of his interest in health. “It provided information on the health of Irish workhouses and the diseases affecting the people living in them at that time. People suffered from cholera and typhoid,” he said. “The infirmary was understaffed and even those few workers lacked a medical background.” Lion and his classmates wrote papers and constructed posters on the sites they visited. He said the students’ firsthand experiences of the sites will enrich their projects more than traditional research. “We’ll do a lot of secondary research for the papers and posters, including statistics and any reading relevant to the topic,” he said, “but primary observation is important for insight ­— we’re not just spitting out academic blurbs.” Once the posters are completed, Kuijt said they will be exhibited at Flanner Hall, where they will be judged by an Irish researcher. Beyond the expanded knowledge about Irish culture and archeology, Kuijt said the students will benefit from the development of communication and presentation skills required by the projects associated with the trip. “They get this local experience, a hidden Ireland with some zany instructors, but they get a whole range of transportable skills as well,” he said. “That’s what’s paying off.” Lion said the trip offered an understanding of the course’s subject beyond what he could learn from lectures or textbooks. “We got to think like archeologists rather than just reading about it,” he said. “I just loved having the chance to learn about the unique identity of Irish culture and how diverse it is within its own national boundary.”last_img read more


Ball Girl tickled by New found friendship with Nadal

first_img ‘He asked me if I was okay and we just talked about how he was going. ‘It was just so nice to meet him and to talk to him and he gave me this hat that says ”To my friend Anita, all the best’ ‘Anita also said she hopes Nadal wins the Australian Open. Meanwhile, his fans fawned over the world number one and said they wished that they were kissed. ‘Oh to be almost hit in the head by Rafael Nadal’s tennis ball, and to then be kissed tenderly on the cheek in apology,’ one wrote. ‘Rafael Nadal is the best. Apologizes to the girl after accidentally getting hit on the head and gets a kiss. What a class act by Nadal!! Read AlsoAussie Open: Williams suffers heartbreak as Wang shatters record Grand Slam quest In his post-match interview on Rod Laver Arena, Nadal said it was one of the scariest moments of his career.’For her it was probably not a good moment,’ Nadal said. ‘I was so scared for her honestly the ball was so quick and (hit her) straight on the head. She’s a super brave girl.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Accidents are not funny because it often comes with pain. When you get hit by tennis ball flying at top speed you will agree that it is no tea party. But Ball Girl Anita, who was accidentally hit on the face by accelerating ball from forehand return from world number Rafael Nadal, is counting the blessings of that accident. Luckily she is not feeling serious pain rather the incident has brought her closer to her idol and one she considers the best tennis player in the world. As if that was not enough the world’s number one, went  to her to apologise but also gave her a kiss on the cheek even as some envious fans wish they were the ones in her shoes. Did I hear you say when an accident becomes a blessing in disguise? Nadal has already met not just Anita but her brother and parents. Rafael Nadal and Anita at the Aussie Open in Melbourne Anita confessed that she is ‘touched by the kindness of the Spaniard who brushed aside Argentina’s Federico Delbonis   on Thursday to set up a third round clash with  fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta on Saturday to be followed by a fourth round clash with Australian star Nick Kyrgios if he overcomes Delbonis as has been predicted by analysts. An excited Anita said ‘I can’t believe it. He’s my favourite tennis player so I never expected this at all. Loading…last_img read more