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The Achill Archaeological Field School is Ireland’s oldest and leading archaeology training Field School established in 1991 providing archaeology courses for all levels, from beginner to undergraduate students to our very popular trainee supervisor course. We are located on Achill Island in the west of Ireland on Ireland’s spectacular Wild Atlantic Way.

The Achill Archaeological Field School is accredited to the National University of Ireland, Galway. Students who participate and complete one of our summer courses can earn up to 9 Semester Credits or 18 ECTS for our Modular Courses.

Our beginner and intermediate archaeology courses provide a solid grounding in archaeology theory and practice, from experts in the discipline. Our accredited  Archaeology Field School Courses are aimed at undergraduate and graduate archaeology and anthropology students. We provide the best possible hands-on, technical and academic training for students from 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, colleges and universities 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.

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Archaeological Institute of America and ARCHAEOLOGY magazine's Interactive Digs

Since 2014 the work of Achill Archaeological Field School has featured as one of the Interactive Digs covered by the Archaeological Institute of America and ARCHAEOLOGY magazine. Our excavations at Slievemore in 2018 will continue to feature as an Interactive Dig.
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Why join Achill Field School

The Achill Archaeology Field School was established in 1991 and is highly successful in terms of longevity, innovation and research agenda.

We are a fully accredited Field School of the National University of Ireland Galway, located at a premier tourist resort with a range of outdoor activities as well as festivals, marathons and cultural events.

Our Trainee Supervisor course offers a second tier of training to students who plan a career in archaeology.

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About Us. Who are we?

The Achill Archaeology Field School has celebrated 27 successful years as a Training School for undergraduate and graduate students.

The AAFS supplements field-based learning with weekly field trips to local sites and monuments and provides a series of evening lectures, seminars and conferences.

The school recently completed a major technological upgrade of its facilities to keep pace with recent developments in survey and excavation systems.

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I first attended the Achill Archaeological Field School in 2015 as a student. The experience was so spectacular that I returned in 2016 as a Trainee Supervisor. This experience reaffirmed my love of archaeology, Ireland, and academic pursuits.

They teach each aspect of the field experience and I look forward to returning as a Supervisor during the summer of 2018. Who wants to join me??? “

Carolyne Howle,

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