Academic Director: Dr. Michelle Comber
Course Overview

The unique Burren landscape of western Ireland has huge archaeological potential, on a local, regional, national, and international scale, due to its excellent preservation of upstanding remains and material culture. The Caherconnell Archaeological Project began in 2007 with an excavation within a large settlement enclosure (a ’cashel’) of Caherconnell, in the central Burren, Co. Clare. The following year, a second excavation was undertaken, this time focused on a medieval structure outside the cashel. 2009 saw a third excavation, one that concentrated on a prehistoric settlement and ritual site.  The School was established in 2010 to continue archaeological research in this landscape, and is currently excavating the royal settlement of Caherconnell cashel itself.

The Caherconnell Archaeological Field School course is designed to cater for anyone with an interest in the Irish past, archaeological excavation, monument and artefact survey. The skills taught can be used around the world, and are not confined to Irish archaeology. No prior experience is required, though places are limited so early application is advised, with applications opening in Sep/Oct each year. The excavations and research that students participate in at Caherconnell is of national and international significance. The archaeology of this place is very rich, allowing the development of a landscape approach and the tracing of uninterrupted native activity over the course of thousands of years.

Course Modules

SS109 Introduction to Archaeological Excavation (3 Semester Credits/6 ECTS Credits)

This intensive module is designed to provide students with their first taste of archaeological excavation. It will explain the varied methods used by archaeologists to excavate different types of site, whilst providing practical experience of at least one of those methods in the field.  This will be achieved through on-site talks and lectures, physical demonstrations, and hands-on experience.

SS110 Intermediate Archaeological Excavation (3 Semester Credits/6 ECTS Credits) 

This intensive module is designed to train students in intermediate-level skills of archaeological excavation. It will explain the varied methods used by archaeologists to excavate different types of site and provide experience in a number of necessary skills, including grid establishment and use, trowelling techniques, feature excavation, artefact recovery and recording, sampling methodology, context recording, and planning and photography, in addition to basic excavation responsibilities and team supervision. This will be achieved through on-site talks and lectures, physical demonstrations, and hands-on experience.

SS111 Advanced Archaeological Excavation (3 Semester Credits/6 ECTS Credits)

This intensive module is designed to train students in advanced-level skills of archaeological excavation. It will provide experience of all the necessary excavation and primary post-excavation skills, in addition to excavation management, team supervision, trainee tuition, and interaction with the public. This will be achieved through on-site talks and lectures, physical demonstrations, and hands-on experience.

Each individual module is 3 Semester Credits/6 ECTS Credits.  

Start Dates

  • 6 -week course: Introduction to Archaeological Excavation (SS1103) and Intermediate Archaeological Excavation (SS110) and Advanced Archaeological Excavation (SS111).  Start Dates 1st June 2020; 15th June 2020.
  • 4 -week course: Introducton to Archaeological Excavation (SS1103) and Intermediate Archaeological Excavation (SS110). Start dates: 1st June 2020; 15th June 2020; 29th June 2020.
  • 2 -week course: Introducation to Archaeological Excavation (SS1103) or Intermediate Archaeological Excavation (SS110).  Start dates: 1st June 2020; 15th June 2020; 29th June 2020; 13th July 2020.

Tuition & Accommodation Costs

2 weeks:  €2,450
4 weeks:  €4,195
6 weeks:  €5,950

Fees cover the following: tuition, insurance, equipment, accommodation (full board), transport to and from the site daily, breakfast, lunch & dinner, tea breaks & day trip(s).

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Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and physically fit.

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Further Information

For further information applicants should contact:
Caherconnell Archaeological Field School
Caherconnell Stone Fort
Carron
Kilfenora
Co. Clare
T: +353 65 7089999
F: +353 65 7089888
E: info@caherconnell.com 
W: www.caherconnell.com

 

 

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