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Achill Archaeology Field School

Residential Archaeology & Anthropology Field School on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. Est. 1991.

Achill Archaeological Field School welcomes international archaeology students from all over the world! Our students come to experience Irish archaeology in a beautiful island landscape off the west coast of Ireland and participate in archaeological excavations and survey projects under the supervision of highly experienced archaeologists and environmental scientists.

The Achill Archaeological Field School is the oldest and probably the foremost Field School of archaeology and anthropology in Ireland and will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2016.  The mission of the Achill Archaeological Field School is to provide a unique experience for students interested in archaeology and anthropology who wish to explore the rich cultural heritage of Achill Island on the west coast of Ireland.

The Achill Archaeological Field School has been training students in field techniques for 24 years. We usually conduct two archaeological excavations each year.  In 2016 the first programme wiill commence in April - details to be announced shortly. This will be followed by excavations at the Cromlech Tumulus on Slievemore Mountain, commencing on the 16 May. The second part of the programme will commence on the 6 July and will involve the excavation of a  late medieval house site at Keem Bay. 

Residential archaeology courses from 1-week to 8-weeks are available for all people interested in archaeology. We also offer non-residential course at a considerable discount.

Join us in April, May, June, July or August and participate in the excavation of a really exciting site - an enigmatic multiperiod site known as the Cromlech Tiumulus, an associated prehistoric field wall, known as the Danish Ditch, all located on the southern slopes of Slievemore Mountain.

Academic Credit from NUI Galway ( is available for all of our Modular Courses in archaeology, with applications welcome from students aged 16 years of age and upwards. Mature archaeology/anthropology students are particularly welcome. All applicants must complete an Academic Credit application as part of applying for a course - (PDF doc, 142KB).

A special archaeology field school programme is available on request for Second Level students. Our long-standing 1-Day archaeology tour of Achill Island combined with a visit to the site of the excavation is available again in 2016. Contact or phone 098 43564 to book this tour.

We also offer a selection of 1/2 day and 1-day Guided Tours to archaeology sites and monuments on Achill and 1-day and 2-day Guided Tours to some of the most spectacular archaeological sites in the West and Midlands of Ireland.

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Screenshot of Achill Field School featured as an Interactive Dig on the Archaeological Institute of America website


Our 2014 and 2015 dig at the Cromlech Tumulus on Slievemore is featured as one of four Interactive Digs on the website of the Archaeological Institute of America. In 2015, the AIA also featured our excavations at a post medieval house site at Keem Bay. This online tool provides updates and a wealth of content on our projects on Achill Island, and is a perfect introduction to the work carried out on a 'dig'. Find Out More about our Interactive Digs feature

application/pdfAbout AFS 2015.pdf (380.46 KB)
application/pdfAFS Ac Credit 2016 Word Doc.pdf (157.71 KB)
application/pdf7 Day Spring Break Detailed Itinerary 2016.pdf (26.61 KB)
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