Academic Director: Dr Stefan Bergh
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. During the first half of the summer (Session 1) we will be undertaking a fiftg season at the pre-Famine settlement at Keem Bay. During the second half of the summer (Session 2) we will be investigating the deserted early modern coastal settlement of Caruan Point. 

The Field School offers two-, four- and six-week modular courses that come with 3, 6 and 9 semester credits respectively. The courses cover a full range of excavation and site recording techniques, surveying procedures including GPS and Photogrammetry, and lab work including artefact processing, and digitising site drawings.  

The key to our training is small group sizes, combined with instruction that is delivered directly by highly experienced archaeologists. These are led by Eve Campbell, Director of Fieldwork. 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.

Dates - Session 1 

21 May  - 29 June, 2018 (6 weeks):                     SS106 + SS107 + SS108
21 May - 15 June, 2018 (4 weeks):                      SS106 + SS107
18 June - 29 June, 2018 ( 2 weeks):                    SS108

Dates - Session 2

2 July  - 10 August, 2018 (6 weeks):                   SS106 + SS107 + SS108
2 July - 27 July, 2018 (4 weeks):                           SS106 + SS107
30 July - 10 August, 2018 (2 weeks):                SS108

Tuition & Accommodation Costs

€1,975 (2 weeks)
€3,450 (4 weeks)
€4,500 (6 weeks)

*Course fees includes tuition, accommodation, materials, local transport, lectures, seminars and academic credit.


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

Application Deadline: 20 April, 2018 


Further Information

Achill Archaeological Field School,
Archaeology Centre,
Achill Island,
Co. Mayo,
T: +353-98-43564
F: +353-98-43595