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

Excavation and survey at a multi-period sand-hills site on Ireland’s Atlantic coast

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

National University of Ireland, Galway


Field Director: Dr Eve Campbell

Academic Director: Mr Conor Newman

Experience the magic of Ireland’s Atlantic coast and gain hands-on excavation experience at Ireland’s oldest archaeology field school on Achill Island, on Ireland’s spectacular Wild Atlantic Way. The Achill Archaeological Field School, founded in 1991, is a training school for students of archaeology and anthropology, and an accredited Field School of the National University of Ireland Galway.  We provide archaeology courses for all levels, from beginner and undergraduate to our very popular trainee supervisor course. Our beginner and intermediate archaeology courses provide a solid grounding in archaeology theory and practice. Our accredited Archaeology Field School Courses are aimed at undergraduate and graduate archaeology and anthropology students. These include our two-, four-, six-, eight- and twelve-week accredited courses which qualify for up to 9 Semester Hour Credits from NUI Galway. These courses are also open to students and other participants who do not wish to enrol for academic credit.


Caraun Point
Our 2019 training excavation will be based at Caraun Point, a multi-period archaeological complex located on a sand-covered promontory on Achill Island’s north-east coast. The site is in a stunning location overlooking Blacksod Bay and the Inishkea Islands. The settlement complex includes an early medieval enclosure, multiple shell middens, a children’s burial ground, and a deserted early modern village. During initial work in 2018 we excavated one of the houses from the village, and part of a shell midden. The dig yielded fascinating evidence for life in 18th century Mayo, but many questions remain. In 2019 we will return to Caraun Point for the full season. Work will comprise thorough instrument survey, surface survey and excavation at the site, focusing on the early modern village and middens. Students will also have a chance to participate in our public archaeology programme.

Courses Summary

Accredited Excavation Courses
Course Name Weeks Cost Dates Credits
Excavation & Recording 1 12 €9360 20 May–09 Aug 2019 9 SCH/18 ECTS
Excavation & Recording 2 8 €6240 20 May–12 July 2019 9 SCH/18 ECTS
Excavation & Recording 3 8 €6240 03 June–26 July 2019 9 SCH/18 ECTS
Excavation & Recording 4 6 €4680 20 May–28 June 2019 9 SCH/18 ECTS
Excavation & Recording 5 6 €4680 01 July–09 Aug 2019 9 SCH/18 ECTS
Excavation & Recording 6 4 €3530 20 May–14 June 2019 6 SCH/12 ECTS
Excavation & Recording 7 4 €3530 01 July–26 July 2019 6 SCH/12 ECTS
Excavation & Recording 8 2 €1975 17 June–28 June 2019 3 SCH/6 ECTS
Excavation & Recording 9 2 €1975 29 July–09 Aug 2019 3 SCH/6 ECTS
Trainee Supervisor Course 1 8 €3995 06 May–28 June 2019 9 SCH/18 ECTS
Trainee Supervisor Course 2 8 €3995 01 July–23 Aug 2019 9 SCH/18 ECTS



Unaccredited Excavation and Survey Courses
Course Name Duration Cost Start Date
Dig-Draw-Digitise 3 weeks €1500 12 Aug 2019
Bare Bones (Residential) 10 Days €995 12 Aug 2019
Bare Bones (Non-Residential) 10 Days €795 12 Aug 2019
Introduction to Archaeology (Residential) 5 Days €695 12 Aug 2019
Introduction to Archaeology (Non-Residential) 5 Days €550 12 Aug 2019
Archaeological Experience 1 Day €85 Available May to Sept 2019


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Flinders University Field Schools and Intensives

Fieldwork at Flinders

Flinders offers a range of undergraduate and graduate field methods topics, as well as more field schools in more locations than any other archaeology department in Australia.

Field schools are a great way to see Australia, so even if you aren’t a Flinders University student you’re welcome to attend as a short course student. International students are particularly welcome.

Intensive Courses at Flinders

Flinders also offers a range of intensive topics and laboratory short courses addressing basic skills in human osteology and analysis of the human skeleton, stone artefact analysis, maritime archaeology lab methods, as well as on specialised areas such as cultural heritage and the law.

2018 Field Schools and Short Courses

Maritime Archaeology Field School 
27 January – 11 February, 2018

Historical Archaeology Field School 
11-17 Feburary, 2018

Community Archaeology Field School
6-12 July, 2018

Ships: Research, Recording and Reconstruction 
17 – 21 September, 2018

Advanced Practicum in Maritime Archaeology 
3 – 18 November, 2018

Human Osteology
29 October – 2 November, 2018

Paleopathology of the Human Skeleton
2 Day Professional Development Workshop
5-6 November, 2018

The Archaeology of Australian Stone Artefacts
5-9 November, 2018

Forensic Anthropology
2 Day Professional Development Workshop
7-8 November, 2018

For more information click here

Keros Fieldschool 2018

Excavations at early Bronze Age Keros in the Cyclades

The University of Cambridge and the Cyprus Institute Cycladic Field School


3rd September to 13th October 2018
Location: Keros, Greece



McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge; British School at Athens and the Cyprus Institute

Project Directors

Professor Colin Renfrew and Dr Michael Boyd

Project Description

Excavation of the largest settlement and earliest sanctuary of the early bronze age in the Cyclades, Greece

Period(s) of Occupation

Cycladic early Bronze Age (2750-2300 BC)


4,000 Euros

Further information

See below and check out our webpage

You can also contact Claire Halley at


Until recently, the island of Keros was the centre of a Bronze Age mystery. Looting in the 1950s and excavations in the 1960s revealed a strange site where broken Early Cycladic marble figurines and other prestige items had been found. Only in very recent years have we begun to understand the nature of this completely unique site.  People travelled to Keros in the mid-third millennium BC to bring offerings of broken choice materials for ritual deposition in what is now understood to be the world’s earliest maritime sanctuary. The site consists of two areas where these deposits were made, and a large and important settlement, perhaps the largest of the Cyclades at that time.

In 2006-2008, excavations defined the nature of the sanctuary and began excavation of the settlement, where large and imposing buildings were found at the summit. In 2012-2013 the Keros Island Survey was carried out in order to understand the occupation of the rest of the island of Keros. In 2015 a new, four-year programme of work was initiated with survey on the nearby island of Naxos, in order to understand the nature of the wider maritime networks within which Keros was situated.

In 2016 and 2017, excavations revealed extensive monumental walling, an entrance stairway into the site, and two metallurgical workshops. In 2018, our last year of excavation, our work will continue using the latest excavation techniques including dGPS, digital recording on iPads using iDig, and digital photogrammetry. We aim to understand how all the different parts of the island were utilised in the early bronze age and develop our understanding of the overall structure, function and date of the site.


Participants will work with experienced excavators and will receive training in the entire excavation procedure including stratigraphic excavation techniques, site recording and survey techniques. The work at the site will be combined with a number of activities in the afternoons. Participants will have the chance to work with the many specialists involved in the project to learn about post excavation processing techniques and the different scientific approaches used in a modern excavation.

In addition to on-site training, the field school will organise a series of seminars where visiting experts will talk about their work, giving students unique insights into current research and archaeological practice. The field school will be led by Dr Claire Halley, who will lead the afternoon seminar series. Students will gain unique insight into the Aegean bronze age, and the special place of Keros in the Aegean early bronze age.


The field school is suitable for both beginner and advanced students as well as those interested in early Bronze Age and Aegean archaeology.

Length of stay

Preference will be given to applicants who can stay for the entire 6 week period though we will consider applicants for a shorter stay.

Minimum age


Number of field school places available


Application deadlines

Applications will be accepted until all the places are filled.

Project language


Project size

50+ participants including excavators and specialists.

Room and Board Arrangements

All participants will be staying at the Sorokos hotel on Kouphonisi. This is a comfortable, family-run establishment with en suite bathrooms, most rooms also having air conditioning. Rooms will be either doubles or triples. All meals on work days are provided by the project.  The evening meal is taken at one of the local tavernas.


Participants will use the tools and equipment available at the site. You should purchase and bring with you a 4” archaeology trowel (WHS, Spear & Jackson, or Marshalltown – you can find these easily online).


The field school fee does not cover insurance. It is mandatory to arrange your own health insurance before your trip to Greece. All EU citizens can use Greek medical services, just like Greek citizens, as long as they can provide evidence of their home-country health insurance with a card/certificate, etc.

Academic Credit

There is the option to take the Field School for credit, at additional cost. Credit (ECTS – European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) will be offered by the Cyprus Institute on the basis of attendance and a relevant assignment in the form of an ‘excavation journal’, a written record of participants’ work and skills acquisition, which will be submitted a few days before the completion of the field school and be will reviewed and graded together with a short evaluative report (c. 1,000 words) outlining the pros and cons of a selected archaeological method or technique. Two options will be offered: 5 ECTS for participants attending three weeks at a cost of 250 Euro and 10 ECTS for participants attending 6 weeks at a cost of 500 Euro.

The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology

Affiliation: National University of Ireland, Galway; The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology

Project Directors: Dr Carleton Jones (Academic Director) & Dr Ros Ó Maoldúin (Field Director)

Project Description:  Survey and excavation of a prehistoric barrow (burial mound) and ceremonial complex.

Period(s) of Occupation: Irish Bronze to Iron Age (2000 BC – 400 AD)


Elyse Mallonee of USA at work during the NUIG excavation which is ongoing at Parknabinna Wedge Tomb in the Burren. Photograph by John Kelly.

Our fieldschool aims to target and investigate periods of social and religious change in prehistoric Ireland. We have just completed a three-year campaign focused on Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age megalithic tombs and are now focusing on Later Bronze Age to Iron Age burials.

During 2017, we conducted topographical and geophysical survey over and surrounding a large barrow (burial mound) and discovered a significant ceremonial complex. During 2018, we will be extending that survey and targeting the barrow and geophysical anomalies with excavation.

We are based in the Burren in the west of Ireland a landscape that has been the subject of research by our academic director since his PhD research, with Professor Colin Renfrew, in Cambridge during the 1990’s.

The local limestone geology is particularly beneficial to the preservation of bone and one of our primary objectives is to retrieve human remains. Along with the usual osteological analysis, our partners in Trinity College Dublin and Oxford University are carrying out ancient DNA and isotope analyses on our assemblage. This will help further our understanding of movement and interaction during the period, hopefully allowing us to answer ‘social questions’.

We also hope to recognise structure in the depositions and arrangement of these sites – patterns that will hopefully provide insight into the contemporary ritual practice and belief systems.

Participants on the excavation course will get experience of recording archaeology, both digitally and through more traditional methods. They are also likely to get an opportunity to excavate, or work with, human remains. They will gain experience using a total station, creating 3D models (Agisoft photoscan), digitising drawings (Arc/QGIS and Inkscape), and mapping the finds/sites (Arc/QGIS).  In addition to on-site training during the excavation, the fieldschool organises a series of workshops and lectures/seminars, given by visiting specialists. Workshops include practical tutorials on human bone (ostearchaeologist: Dr Lynda Lynch), animal bone (zoo-osteoarchaeologist: Dr Fiona Beglane), QGIS (Dr Richard Clutterbuck) and artefact Illustration (Sara Nylund). The weekly evening lectures vary each year; we invite a mixture of established lecturers and recent PhD graduates from Irish Universities and Institutions to speak on Irish or European prehistory. This provides a good opportunity for students to make contacts at Irish universities in an informal setting.

Participants on the survey and tour course will visit a wide range of prehistoric sites in Ireland, including the Boyne valley, the Aran Islands and around the Burren. They will gain experience in the use of the total station, taking photographs for 3D modelling, processing 3D models (Agisoft photoscan) and geophysical survey (Magnetometer and Electrical resistivity). All travel and overnight accommodations on the tour are included in the fee.

Participants on the experimental archaeology course will get experience of working with materials which were used in the Chalcolithic and Bronze Age. Our course will be held in Craggaunowen heritage park, where we will have the use of a real castle and a reconstructed ringfort and crannog, to carry out our work. In 2018 we will be concentrating on later Bronze Age casting techniques (including lost-was technique) and will have Dr Billy Mag Fhloinn, one of Ireland’s most experienced experimental archaeologists leading the course.

Experience: The field school is suitable for both beginner and advanced students. It is particularly well suited to those interested in European prehistoric archaeology and/or the excavation of human remains.

Breana Ryan of and local woman during the NUIG excavation which is ongoing at Parknabinna Wedge Tomb in the Burren. Photograph by John Kelly.

Length of stay: Courses range from 1 to 14 weeks.

Minimum age: 18 (17 with prior agreement)


  • 1 week (Experimental archaeology) €900
  • 2 weeks (Tour and survey) €1750
  • 4 weeks (Excavation) €3450
  • 5 weeks (combined) €4200
  • 6 weeks (combined) €4800
  • 7 weeks (combined) €5350
  • 14 weeks (entire summer) €8500

Number of field school places available: Max of 20 students on each course

Application deadlines: March 30th or until all the places are filled.

Project language: English

Project size: 20+ participants including excavators and specialists

Room and Board Arrangements: Participants will be staying at the Town square apartments in Lisdoonvarna.

These are modern and comfortable, two and three-bedroom homes, conveniently located in the centre of Lisdoonvarna town, next to shops, restaurants and amenities. Rooms will be twins or singles. The accommodation is self-catered; so, you are expected to cook for yourselves. We recommend budgeting about €100 per week for food and entertainment. This will allow you to eat out, in a restaurant, a couple of times per week.


Participants will use the tools and equipment available at the site. You should purchase and bring with you a 4” archaeology trowel (WHS, Spear & Jackson, or Marshalltown – you can find these easily online). You should also bring a waterproof jacket and over-bottoms with you. The weather in Ireland can be changeable, sunny one day and wet the next.

Insurance: The field school fee does not cover insurance. It is mandatory to arrange your own health insurance before your trip to Ireland. All EU citizens can use Irish medical services, just like Irish citizens, as long as they can provide evidence of their home-country health insurance with a card/certificate, etc.

Academic Credit: Academic credit and transcripts are included within the fee

Further information: please see our webpage, our  facebook page, or contact our field director

Summer School of Archaeology-Abruzzo

School of Archaeology  in Abruzzo (Italy) – summer program 2018


A new call for applications is now open for the summer program of the Archaeological School in Abruzzo (Italy) 2018 organized by University of Pisa.

After the positive results obtained in the previous years, also this year the university of Pisa with the important collaboration of the Superintendence for the Archaeological Heritage of Abruzzo and with the support of other centers and Universities: University of Foggia,  ICCOM-CNR U.O.S. of Pisa and INGV of Rome has chosen to continue supporting this summer program.

The aim of the school is to increase awareness and competencies about archaeological and methodological issues through an intensive four weeks program of lectures, laboratory experiences and field activities.

This program is a new approach in studying and understanding of ancient civilizations and offers its participants a diachronic (multi-period) approach to the study of archaeology. The school gives to the students the opportunity to  work in two different excavations and practise different archaeological research methods. With this program, students will gain the skills and a deeper knowledge of the archaeology from the prehistoric to the roman period.

The school will last from July 8th to August 4th 2018

Each participant will earn 10 undergraduate credits and a certificate of participation through the University of Pisa.

Costs includes all the school activities, accommodation and meals.
We would appreciate if you could share the information about our program with your  students
Please don’t hesitate to contact our staff:

For more information and to apply visit our:

– official website at:

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Sa Cudia Cremada Field School

Sa Cudia Cremada Field School, Menorca (Balearic Islands, Spain)

This field school offers courses for international students who are interested in gaining first-hand experience in archaeological training. There are two types of courses.

The first one deals with the excavation and research of the Bronze and Iron Age site of Sa Cudia Cremada, which belongs to the Talayotic culture of the island. This culture only developed in Minorca and Majorca and its main traits were those of having a cyclopean construction technique, a set of complex funerary rituals and a unique material culture, amongst others.

The practical side of this course focuses on the excavation of the settlement’s sanctuary, whose excavation started last year. This type of building, known as “taula” enclosure, is unique in the world and cannot be found outside Menorca. Also, its monumentality and the practices documented in this type of spaces make them outstanding elements for the study of Mediterranean Prehistory. Also, part of the program is devoted to lab work, workshops and excursions to the most significant archaeological sites and museums on the island.

The second course focuses on laboratory work, documentation of finds and restoration. And, as in the other course, there are lectures, workshops and excursions scheduled.

Our aim is to carry out archaeological research in the site and offer quality archaeological training to university students in need of gaining practical experience in this field as well as professionals interested in digging in a Mediterranean protohistoric archaeological site.

You can visit our website to find more information about us. If you need further information about our field school, work or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact us via this e-mail.

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