Academic Director: Dr Carleton Jones
Field Director: Dr Ros Ó Maoldúin
Experimental  Archaeologist: Dr Billy Mag Fhloinn


Course Overview

The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology has been delivering NUIG accredited excavation, survey and experimental archaeology courses since 2015. We aim to provide practical hands-on education while conducting cutting edge research into prehistoric societies. We want our students to understand our research questions, think critically about the techniques we employ and fully engage in the interpretive process.

During the summer of 2020, we will only be delivering our experimental archaeology course. Our excavation and survey courses will be returning to the programme in 2021.

Our experimental archaeology course concentrates on Bronze Age technologies. It is primarily an experiential course, during which students become familiar with materials that were available in the Bronze Age and the techniques used to work them. We have a particular focus on Bronze casting, especially lost-wax technique casting.  The course 8 hours a day for 5 days. It includes lectures on the Irish Bronze Age and workshops on bronze casting.

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.

Course Modules

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 and takes place in the Craggaunowen, an archaeological open-air museum in Co. Clare.

The course is delivered by Dr Ros Ó Maoldúin, our site director and an expert on the Irish Bronze Age, and Dr Billy Mag Fhloinn our lead experimental archaeologist.

All materials are provided, and students are permitted to take a selection of what they make away with them. Should students wish to get academic credit for this course they will need to complete a 1500 word written essay within a month of finishing the course. Appropriate readings are provided for this.


Session    Duration Dates Module
Session 1 1 week 13 July – 17 July, 2020 Experimental Archaeology 

Tuition & Accommodation Costs (inclusive)

  • Experimental Archaeology (1 week) €900

Self-catered accommodation, two to a room, is provided in a nearby village. Transfers from Ennis town or Shannon airport, both easily accessible from Dublin and Galway, can be arranged.


Applicants must be 17 or over, reasonably fit and willing to learn.


Further Information

Dr Ros Ó Maoldúin
Baile an tSagairt
Co. Galway
+353 (0)87 0940034






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