Topic ID #38714 - posted 9/11/2017 6:44 AM

Achill Archaeological Field School, Ireland 2018

Achill Field School

Achill Archaeological Field School, Dooagh, Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland.

Achill Archaeological Field School is Ireland's oldest and most established Field School. We provide archaeology courses for all levels, from beginner to undergraduate to our very popular trainee supervisor course. We are located on Achill Island on Ireland’s spectacular Wild Atlantic Way. Our beginner and intermediate archaeology courses provide a solid grounding in archaeology theory and practice, from experts in the field.Our accredited 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-,  six-, or twelve-week accredited 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 enroll for academic credit.

Keem Bay - May & June 2018

In May and June 2018 we will return to the site of a pre-Famine village perched above the breath-taking Keem Bay on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. The village of Keem was in existence from at least the mid-18th century and by 1838 it had c.40 buildings. For over one hundred years Keem was a busy settlement of farmers, fishers, and wool spinners. The village met its tragic demise during the great Irish Famine (1845-52) and its small dwellings were subsequently demolished. Between 2009 and 2017 AAFS has excavated three dwellings at Keem. This ongoing research provides an unparalleled glimpse into everyday life in pre-Famine Ireland, and offers a significant challenge to popular perceptions of the period. In 2018 we will excavate a fourth house at Keem, focusing on what we argue is the oldest part of the village.

Caraun Point - July & August 2018

In July and August we will begin an exciting new excavation at Caraun Point, on the northern coast of Achill Island. Caraun Point is a small sand-covered peninsula jutting into the Atlantic Ocean. It is well-known for its rich archaeological remains, including an early medieval enclosure, a children’s burial ground, shell middens, and a number of stone buildings of unknown date eroding out of the sand dunes. In 2018 we will target one of these small stone buildings for excavation. The recovery of a dedicatory stone dated AD1618 suggests a 17th century date for the origin of the village; the excavation will answer some important questions about the development of vernacular settlements and building traditions on Ireland’s Atlantic coast.


For the first time in 2018 Achill Archaeological Field School will offer two $2000 scholarships for any of our 6-week or 12-week accredited excavation courses. The bursaries, which can be offset against course fees, aim to support students in their field school journey of discovery. Applicants for the scholarship should submit a 500 word statement outlining why they wish to study at the Achill Archaeological Field School accompanied by a CV. Students must have applied and completed enrolment at the Achill Archaeological Field School before the scholarship deadline of April 30 2018. Applications should be sent to with subject title 'Scholarship'.

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Courses Summary:
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Course Dates Duration Site  Credits Cost
Excavation & Recording 1 May 21—June 29 2018 6 Weeks Keem Bay 9 Semester Credits/18 ECTS € 4,500
Excavation & Recording 2 July 02—August 10 2018 6 Weeks Caraun Point 9 Semester Credits/18 ECTS € 4,500
Excavation & Recording 3 May 21—June 15 2018 4 Weeks Keem Bay 6 Semester Credits/12 ECTS € 3,450
Excavation & Recording 4 July 02—July 27 2018 4 Weeks Caraun Point 6 Semester Credits/12 ECTS € 3,450
Excavation & Recording 5 June 18—June 29 2018 2 Weeks Keem Bay 2 Semester Credits/6 ECTS € 1,975
Excavation & Recording 6 July 30—August 10 2018 2 Weeks Caraun Point 3 Semester Credits/6 ECTS € 1,975
Excavation & Recording 7 May 21—August 2018 12 Weeks Keem Bay/ Caraun Point 9 Semester Credits/18 ECTS € 7,800
Archaeological Surveying 1 May 07—May 18 2018 2 Weeks tbc unaccredited  € 1,975
Archaeological Surveying 2 August 13—August 24 2018 2 Weeks tbc unaccredited  € 1,975
Bare Bones August 27—September 07 2018 2 Weeks tbc unaccredited  € 995
Introduction to Archaeology August 27—August 31 2018 1 Week tbc unaccredited  € 695

We also run a popular trainee supervisor course for students who had previously attended at least one field school. For more information see our website:

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