Achill Archaeological Field School, Ireland, 2018

Overall rating: 10 based on 1 reviews

Program Description

The Achill Archaeological Field School (estd. 1991) is a training school for archaeology students accredited by the National University of Ireland, Galway. Our mission is to promote the discipline of archaeology through academic and field-based study programs that combine in-depth training with state-of-the art archaeological research. The Field School supplements field-based learning with weekly field trips to local sites and monuments and provides a series of evening lectures, seminars, and conferences on topics of historical and archaeological interest. We offer 12, 6, 4 and 2 week accredited courses, introductory and trainee supervisor courses, with up to 9 Semester Hour Credits available.

In 2018 we are undertaking two excavations examining historic settlements on Achill Island. The first is the pre-Famine village at Keem Bay. Circa 1838 there were 40 buildings at the settlement, but shortly after the Famine, in the 1850's, these were cleared and a geometric 'improved' landscape was laid out. 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 The second is at the older abandoned sand-hills settlement at Caraun Point on the north of Achill Island. The excavation will answer some important questions about the development of vernacular settlements and building traditions on Ireland’s Atlantic coast.

Highlights

*New 2018 Achill Scholarship worth $2000
*Spectacular location on the Wild Atlantic Way.
*The courses provide a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of archaeological excavation and recording.
*All accredited courses include specialist courses e.g. ceramics analysis, archaeological illustration, GIS, photogrammetry.
*Classes are supplemented by local and national field trips.
*Weekly lecture series on Irish archaeology supplemented by additional fortnightly guest lectures from a range of experts.

What`s Included

Course fees includes tuition, accommodation in our superior, fully equipped self-catering building, materials, local transport, lectures and seminars as well as academic credit.

Subjects

Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Irish Studies

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Program Locations

Dooagh, Achill Island, Ireland

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10
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Program Details

Provider:
Achill Archaeological Field School
Location
  • Ireland: Dooagh, Achill Island
School Term:
Summer
Languages:
English
Participants:
WorldWide
Cost:
€1975 (2 weeks)-€7800 (12 weeks)
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    There is so many good things to say about Achill Field School. Achill is one of the most beautiful places you can visit. With beaches, mountains, and sprawling coastline, there are plenty of places to visit in the evenings and on weekends. If you have any interest in archaeology, I would recommend this field school. Achill has a wide range of archaeological features from Neolithic through the modern era. They offer programs from two weeks to six weeks so you can choose the program that best fits your interests and schedule. I participated in the six-week program. The accommodations are inviting, clean and comfortable and conveniently located steps away from the school's lab and library. After a long day of excavating, the house is a place that you enjoy returning to to relax.
    The entire staff is welcoming, friendly, and willing to help with whatever you need. The site director, Eve, in combination with the other experts that come to the school for a lecture or workshop and the academic director Theresa, the experience is both educational, interesting, and a lot of fun. I learned so much about Irish archaeology and methods of archaeological excavation in the six weeks I was there that will be invaluable to my future academic plans. In the six-week program, there is a great balance between field work, lab work, and in-class learning. Being on site is a great experience and the weekly field trips enable students to learn about the surrounding area as well.
    I loved my experience with Achill Archaeological Field School and would recommend it to anyone interested in archaeology, Ireland, or Irish history.
    Avatar Marissa Miller

    So Much to Learn on one of the Most Beautiful Places on Earth

    Review by: Marissa Miller , On: 13 Apr 2018 | Yes, I would recommend this program
    There is so many good things to say about Achill Field School. Achill is one of the most beautiful places you can visit. With beaches, mountains, and sprawling coastline, there are plenty of places to visit in the evenings and on weekends. If you have any interest in archaeology, I would recommend this field school. Achill has a wide range of archaeological features from Neolithic through the modern era. They offer programs from two weeks to six weeks so you can choose the program that best fits your interests and schedule. I participated in the six-week program. The accommodations are inviting, clean and comfortable and conveniently located steps away from the school's lab and library. After a long day of excavating, the house is a place that you enjoy returning to to relax.
    The entire staff is welcoming, friendly, and willing to help with whatever you need. The site director, Eve, in combination with the other experts that come to the school for a lecture or workshop and the academic director Theresa, the experience is both educational, interesting, and a lot of fun. I learned so much about Irish archaeology and methods of archaeological excavation in the six weeks I was there that will be invaluable to my future academic plans. In the six-week program, there is a great balance between field work, lab work, and in-class learning. Being on site is a great experience and the weekly field trips enable students to learn about the surrounding area as well.
    I loved my experience with Achill Archaeological Field School and would recommend it to anyone interested in archaeology, Ireland, or Irish history.
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    10
    Program Administration
    10
    Living Conditions
    10
    Cultural Immersion
    10
    Social Life
    10
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    10

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