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Archaeology Field School Courses

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Specialist Archaeology Courses

Achill Archaeological Field School provides archaeology courses for all levels, from beginner to undergraduate to our very popular trainee supervisor course. Our location on Achill Island on Ireland’s spectacular Wild Atlantic Way offers multiple sites of archaeological interest from Neolithic megalithic tombs and Bronze Age roundhouses through to the 19th century world-renowned Deserted Village at Slievemore, immortalised by the Nobel laureate, Heinrich Boll, in the Irish Journal (Irisches Tagebuch).

Our beginner and intermediate archaeology courses provide a solid grounding in archaeology theory and practice, from experts in the field. For full information, see Introductory Courses 2016

Our Archaeology Field School Courses are aimed at undergraduate and graduate archaeology and anthropology students. We have the archaeology experience and the necessary field school infrastructure to provide the best possible academic and technical training for students throughout Ireland, the UK, USA and Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the world. These include our two-, four- or six-week modular courses which qualify for academic credit from NUI Galway (National University of Ireland). For a list of schools and colleges that have received academic credit through our courses please see the International University List. These courses are also open to students and other participants who do not wish to enrol for academic credit.

For full information and booking details of our advanced and specialist archaeology courses, please see our Field School Courses section. Details of  our 2016 course dates is also availabe in PDF format: 

Enrolment is open until a course is filled. Once filled, notification will be posted on that particular course details on this website. If you wish to confirm availability for any course, or have any other questions, please contact the administrator.

Refer a friend to book one of our 6-week or 4-week courses and qualify for a  Free 1-Day Guided Tour of the Clew Bay area.  Persons wishing to avail of this offer should notify our Adminstrator.

Introductory Courses 2016 These courses seek to introduce participants to Irish archaeology and field methods in a practical way and can be taken by students and non-students alike - perfect for those with an abiding interest in the subject who seek hands-on experience. These courses include the 1-week Introduction to Irish...  
Field School Courses 2016 The Achill Archaeological Field School, Ireland's longest running archaeology field school, offers a range of high-quality courses in Irish archaeology for Spring and Summer 2016. Courses combine both academic and practical fieldwork components with Academic credit for our Modular Courses issued by the...  
 SPRING Breaks 2016 7-Day Intensive Course in Irish Archaeology. Local Field Trips Guided Tour/s to areas in North and South Mayo included.


The Achill Archaeology Field School on Achill Island in Ireland was established to address the very real need for hands-on archaeology field school training for students of archaeology and anthropology from around the world. Core components include archaeology methodology, archaeology survey and archaeology recording procedures, environmental archaeology and introduction to archaeological ceramics.

These archaeology field school course components are backed up by weekly archaeology lectures provided by experienced Achill Archeaology Field School staff and visiting archaeologists from NUI Galway, UCD. QUB, UCC, NUIMaynooth and other Irish universities.

A weekly archaeology Field Trip with on-site archaeology and history lectures is held on Wednesday of each week to introduce our archaeology students to the wealth of archaeological sites on Achill Island, Achillbeg Island and the Corraun peninsula.

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