Caherconnell Archaeological Field School

Caherconnell Archaeological Field School 2015

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.

Programme Details

6-week course: Introduction (SS109) and Intermediate (SS110) excavation, Monument and Artefact survey (SS112)

9 semester credits / 18 ECTS credits

Start dates – 30 May, 13 June, 27 June 2016


4-week course: Introduction (SS109) and Intermediate (SS110) excavation.

6 semester credits / 12 ECTS credits.

Start dates – 30 May, 11 July 2016


2-week course: Introduction to Excavation (SS109)

3 semester credits / 6 ECTS credits.

Start dates – 30 May, 27 June, 11 July 2016


2-week course: Intermediate Excavation (SS110)

3 semester credits / 6 ECTS credits

Start dates – 13 June, 25 July 2016


2-week course: Monument and Artefact survey (SS112)

3 semester credits / 6 ECTS credits.

Start date – 27 June 2016


Programme Outline

Academic Director: Dr. Michelle Comber

The Caherconnell Archaeological Field School programme 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.

Further Information

For further information applicants should contact:

Caherconnell Archaeological Field School
Caherconnell Stone Fort
Co. Clare

T: +353 65 7089999
F: +353 65 7089888