Academic Director: Mr Conor Newman
Field Director: Dr Eve Campbell
Course Overview

Established in 1991, the Achill Archaeological Field School has over 25 years of experience in training archaeology and anthropology students. Located on Achill Island on Ireland’s stunning Wild Atlantic Way the field school combines top quality education with unforgettable experiences.

The Field School offers twelve, eight, six, four, and two-week accredited courses that come with up to 9 semester credits/18 ECTS. The courses cover a full range of excavation, site recording techniques, and lab work. In summer 2019 we will return to Caraun Point, a multi-period archaeological complex located on a sand-covered promontory on Achill’s north-east coast. The settlement complex includes an early medieval enclosure, multiple shell middens, a children’s burial ground, and a deserted early modern village. Work will comprise thorough instrument survey, surface survey and excavation at the site, focusing on the early modern village. Students will also have a chance to participate in our public archaeology programme. 

The key to our training is small group sizes, combined with instruction that is delivered directly by highly experienced archaeologists. In this way we ensure that each lesson is delivered in great detail, and that each student fully understands the different procedures and the rationales behind them.

Course Modules

SS106: Introduction to Archaeology of Ireland (3 Semester Credits/6 ECTS Credits)

On site work during the first element of the course introduces the student to the basic techniques of archaeological excavation, including laying out trenches, removing overburden, and excavating archaeological deposits with a variety of hand tools. Lectures introduce the Chronology of Irish Archaeology whilst a series of workshops develop the students understanding of the principals of excavation.

SS107: Archaeological Field Studies (3 Semester Credits/6 ECTS Credits)

On site work during the second element introduces the student to the methods of onsite recording of archaeological features and deposits, including section drawing, elevation drawing, horizontal planning, working within a site grid, surveying, using an auto level and the EDM, and taking site photography. Lectures complete the Chronology of Irish Archaeology whilst workshops focus on post excavation skills such as managing site archives, writing stratigraphic reports and preparing AutoCad drawings.

SS108: Data Analysis (3 Semester Credits/6 ECTS Credits)

Field work during the final element sees the completion of the excavation and its post excavation restoration and then introduces the student to a broad range of subjects involving archaeological sites and their setting in the landscape, such as upland surveys, identifying new sites, recording standing monuments and analysing inter-site relationships and morphological settings. Lectures review the development of the discipline of Archaeology in Ireland and the ethical challenges facing the archaeological profession in the early 3rd Millennium whilst workshops focus on preparing the work so far undertaken for final publication.

Courses

SS106 Introduction to Irish Archaeology
SS107 Archaeological Field Studies
SS108 Data Analysis

Archaeological Excavation and Recording 1 May 20–Aug 9, 2019 (12 weeks) SS106/SS107/SS108
Archaeological Excavation and Recording 2 May 20–July 12, 2019 (8 weeks) SS106/SS107/SS108
Archaeological Excavation and Recording 3 June 3–July 26, 2019 (8 weeks) (SS106/SS107/SS108)
Archaeological Excavation and Recording 4 May 20–June 28, 2019 (6 weeks) (SS106/SS107/SS108)
Archaeological Excavation and Recording 5 July 1 - July 9, 2019 (6 weeks) (SS106/SS107/SS108)
Archaeological Excavation and Recording 6 May 20–June 14, 2019 (4 weeks) (SS106/SS107)
Archaeological Excavation and Recording 7 July 1–July 26, 2019 (4 weeks) (SS106/SS107)
Archaeological Excavation and Recording 8 June 17–June 28, 2019 (2 weeks) (SS108)
Archaeological Excavation and Recording 9 July 29–Aug 9, 2019 (2 weeks) (SS108)

Tuition & Accommodation Costs

  • 2 weeks - €1,975 
  • 4 weeks - €3,530 
  • 6 weeks - €4,680
  • 8 weeks - €6,240
  • 12 weeks - €9,360
  • (All fees include tuition, accommodation, materials and local transport)

Apply

We accept students of 17 years of age and upwards who must be physically fit, as fieldwork is quite strenuous. 

Application Deadline:19 April 2019

APPLY NOW

Further Information

Achill Archaeological Field School,
Archaeology Centre,
Dooagh,
Achill Island,
Co. Mayo,
Ireland
T: +353-98-43564
F: +353-98-43595
E: info@achill-fieldschool.com 
W: www.achill-fieldschool.com