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

The Achill Archaeological Field School is Ireland’s oldest established Field School providing archaeology courses for all levels, from beginner to undergraduate 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.

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 have the archaeological experience, a cutting edge research program and the necessary field school infrastructure to provide the best possible academic, technical and hands-on 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, 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.


In 2018 Achill Archaeological Field School will offer two $2000 scholarships for any of our 6 or 12 week accredited excavation courses (Excavations and Recording 1, 2, or 7). The bursaries, which can be offset against course fees, aim to support students in their field school journey of discovery. For full details see our scholarships page:


” 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??? “
Contact the School directly   if you want more information! Share with someone who might be interested!  Carolyn Howle.

Cover of Achill Guide BookNEW! 2018 Brochure
Our 2018 course brochure is now available
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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 2017 will continue to feature as an Interactive Dig.
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