Flinders University Field Schools and Intensives

Flinders University Field Schools and Intensives 2019

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.

2019 Field Schools, Short Courses & Professional Workshops

Maritime Archaeology Field School 
27 January – 7 February, 2019
Cultural Heritage and the Law 
11-15 February, 2019
Maritime Archaeology Fieldwork Practicum
(Ships: Research, Recording and Reconstruction)
15-19 April, 2019

Community Archaeology Field School
6 -12 July, 2019
Conservation Practicum
23 – 27 September, 2019

Introductory Archaeological Geophysics 
23 September – 6 October, 2019
Advanced Practicum in Maritime Archaeology
(Marine Geophysics)
18 – 22 November, 2019
Human Osteology
4 – 8 November, 2019
Paleopathology of the Human Skeleton
11-12 November, 2019
Two Day Professional Development Workshop
Forensic Anthropology
13-14 November, 2019
Two Day Professional Development Workshop

For further information or to enroll follow the link below:


Harrietville Chinese Mining Village (Victoria) October 2019 - The Uncovered Past Institute


Join us to discover more about the Chinese miners who once lived and worked in the 19th century Harrietville Chinese Mining Village. For around thirty years from the early 1860s Harrietville was home to many of the thousands of Victoria’s Chinese gold miners. This will be the second season of archaeological excavation at the Chinese Mining Village, following the successful first season in October 2017. The largely undisturbed site includes mine workings, water races, building foundations, and gardens: a rare survivor of the heyday of Chinese gold mining in Victoria. The foundations of at least 19 buildings were discovered during a survey undertaken during Season One fieldwork in 2017. Huge quantities of food, liquor, medicines, utensils, ceramics and even coins were imported from China for the Chinese mining communities. Many fragments of these were discovered during the first excavation in 2017, along with fragments of European tableware ceramics and glass bottles. Season Two research objectives will be to undertake more extensive excavations on a variety of building sites and gain a greater understanding of the lifestyle of the Chinese miners.


In the Alpine National Park, in the Upper Ovens Valley, in northeast Victoria, Australia, near the town of Harrietville.


Season Two excavations are currently in planning stage, and permits are being sought from the relevant regulatory bodies.

• The excavations are planned to take place over four weeks from Monday 30 September to Saturday 26 October 2019.
• Each week will be a 6-day program – starting Monday morning, finishing Saturday evening

You can take part for one, two, or all four of these weeks.
You can start in Weeks 1, 2, 3 or 4 – there will be introductory training each Monday for new participants.


• Learn excavation techniques
• Work alongside some of the most experienced archaeologists and historians of Chinese heritage, and mining heritage, in Australia.
• Learn how to identify Chinese and European artefacts such as ceramics, coins, bottles, foodstuffs and beverages, medicines and opium- and tobacco- smoking paraphernalia.
• Be a part of archaeological discovery in one of the key heritage areas of 19th century Chinese mining history.


The program will include:
• intensive training, and participation in, field work (site excavation, site surveying), and artefact processing (cleaning, recording, identifying and cataloguing)
• a maximum of 4 participants for every supervising archaeologist in our team
• guided history and heritage tours of Harrietville and surrounding areas – focusing on mining history and the Chinese pioneers of the Valley.
• workshops and lectures, on topics such as:

Principles of archaeology
Surveying techniques, mapping and GIS
Conservation techniques for materials
Chinese ceramics
Chinese coins
Alluvial mining techniques
Chinese pioneers of the Ovens Valley
Chinese mining history in Australia
Understanding Chinese joss houses and temples
Goldrush-era Chinese cooking and food preservation


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 info@achill-fieldschool.com https://achill-fieldschool.com/ https://www.facebook.com/AchillFieldSchoolIreland/ 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

For more information contact us directly at: info@achill-fieldschool.com https://achill-fieldschool.com/

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 www.prehistoricfieldschool.ie, our  facebook page, or contact our field director ros@prehistoricfieldschool.ie.

Castelo Velho de Safara, Portugal 2020

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.

EVENT CALENDAR 12 September 2019



Rock art symposium, 11th October 2019, University of Melbourne
Rock art symposium, 11th October 2019, University of Melbourne. The aim of this one-day symposium in Melbourne is to have a robust discussion about the social and political dimensions of rock art in Australia.



2019 Australia ICOMOS conference- Heritage of the Air: Modernism, Machines, Migration, Memories
Heritage of the Air: Modernism, Machines, Migration, Memories. Canberra, ACT, 14-17 November 2019
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