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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 celebrates 24 years of archaeology fieldwork and research. 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 2015 the first programme wiill commence in May and will continue the excavations at the Cromlech Tumulus on Slievemore Mountain, while the second programme commecing in June will involve an excavation at a  late medieval house site at Keem.

The field school programme commences on the 18 May and continues through to September. Residential archaeology courses from 1-week to 7-weeks are available for all people interested in archaeology. We also offer non-residential course at a considerable discount.

Join us in May, June, July or August and participate in the excavation of a really exciting site - an enigmatic multiperiod site with an associated field wall, known as the Danish Ditch, 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.

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 2015. 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 dig at the Cromlech Tumulus on Slievemore is featured as one of four Interactive Digs on the website of the Archaeological Institute of America. This online tool provides updates and a wealth of content on our project on the slopes of Slievemore Mountain, and is a perfect introduction to the work carried out on a 'dig'. Find Out More about our Interactive Digs feature

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