The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology
Academic Director: Dr Carleton Jones
Field Director: Dr Ros Ó Maoldúin
Our fieldschool (IFPA) combines cutting edge research into prehistoric societies with practical hands-on education where students will get first-hand experience of excavation, recording and analysis in addition to thinking critically about the techniques we employ and fully engage in the interpretive process.
During 2019, we will concentrate our efforts on surveying and excavating the prehistoric ceremonial complex on Knockloon Hill, in the Burren, Co. Clare. Known remains include a large prehistoric barrow, with Bronze Age and medieval burials, and three recently discovered circular enclosures.
We offer three courses: a four-week excavation course, a two-week survey course and a one-week experimental archaeology course. It is possible to combine any two or three consecutive courses.
We are based in the Burren near the world famous Cliffs of Moher. The Burren is a mecca for botanists, archaeologists, geologists and outdoor enthusiasts, with some of the best surfing and caving in Europe and the nightlife of Galway City is only a bus ride away. You won’t be stuck for something to do on the weekends.
Experimental Archaeology (1 week)
3 Semester Credits/6 ECTS Credits
The one-week experimental archaeology course will concentrate on later Bronze Age materials and include workshops on bronze casting and pottery production.
Irish Prehistory and the Tombs of the Ancestors (2 weeks)
3 Semester Credits/6 ECTS Credits
The two-week survey course will cover drawing, digital photography, photogrammetry, total station survey, 3D modelling, an introduction to QGIS and an introduction to geophysical survey. It will also include visits to some of Ireland’s most famous prehistoric sites, the National Museum and several of our less-well known prehistoric gems.
Archaeological Excavation and Recording Techniques (4 weeks)
6 Semester Credits/12 ECTS Credits
The four-week excavation course will cover techniques of archaeological excavation, drawing, digital photography, photogrammetry, total station survey, 3D modelling, context recording, osteoarchaeology and environmental sampling.
It is possible to combine any two or three consecutive courses.
|Session 1||2 weeks||20 May - 31 May, 2019||Irish Prehistory and Tombs of the Ancestors|
|Session 2||4 weeks||3 June - 28 June, 2019||Archaeological Excavation and Recording Techniques|
|Session 3||1 week||1 July – 5 July, 2019||Experimental Archaeology|
|Session 4||4 weeks||15 July - 9 Aug, 2019||Archaeological Excavation and Recording Techniques|
|Session 5||2 weeks||12 Aug - 23 Aug, 2019||Irish Prehistory and the Tombs of the Ancestors|
Tuition & Accommodation Costs (inclusive)
- Experimental Archaeology (1 week) €900
- Irish Prehistory and the Tombs of the Ancestors (2 weeks) €1,750
- Archaeological Excavation and Recording Techniques (4 weeks) €3,450
- Combined 5 week course (sessions 2 & 3 or sessions 3 & 4) at the discounted price of €4,200
- Combined 6 week course (sessions 1 & 2 or sessions 4 & 5) at the discounted price of €4,800
- Combined 7 week course (sessions 1, 2 & 3 or sessions 3, 4 & 5) at the discounted price of €5,350
- Combined 13 week course (sessions 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5) at the discounted price of €8,500
Applicants must be 17 or over, reasonably fit and willing to learn.