Ireland's Oldest Archaeological Field School
Benefit from 30 years of teaching experience.
historic achill island
Explore over 5,000 years of settlement.
ACCREDITED EXCAVATION COURSES
Earn up to 9 semester credits.
Do you want to learn to dig in one of Ireland’s most spectacular archaeological landscapes?
Located on Achill Island off Ireland’s rugged Atlantic coast, the Achill Archaeological Field School is a study abroad experience like no other.
Explore over 5,000 years of settlement and help extend our 30 year long project investigating this dramatic coastal habitat.
2021 Archaeology Courses
Introduction to Archaeology Courses
- One Week Course
- Residential On-Campus
- Non-Residential Option
- Ideal for Beginners
Accredited Archaeological Excavation Courses
- 2, 3, 4 & 6 Week Courses
- Residential On-Campus
- Up to 9 Semester Credits
One Day Workshops & Courses
- Archaeology and Palaeoecology
- Animal Osteology
- Soap Making
2021 Archaeological Dig
The 2021 excavation will focus on a deserted settlement of 16 houses at Tamnaghmore, a short walk from our campus in Dooagh, at the western end of Achill Island.
Post Medieval Origins
This enigmatic nucleated settlement probably dates to the late/post medieval period (AD1380-1900). Our dig aims to identify the timeline more precisely.
Learn Excavation Skills
Learn excavation skills while exploring this fascinating site. Digs nearby have yielded artefacts ranging from clay pipes to a neolithic polished stone axe and a bronze age carved stone head.
Weekly Field Trips
The daily project excavation is supplemented with weekly field trips to some of the numerous other sites of archaeological interest on Achill Island.
Quality That Counts
9 Semester Credits
Our accredited excavation tuition offers up to 9 semester credit hours (18 ECTS) per course.
Our courses are accredited with the National University of Ireland Galway.
The quality of our tuition is reflected in the fact we run trainee supervisor courses.
Semester credits from our courses are accepted at hundreds of universities worldwide.
Why Choose Achill?
We have been welcoming, hosting and educating international students for three decades.
We keep the tutor-student ratio low to ensure student welfare and the highest quality of tuition.
Achill Island is one of the most popular destinations on Ireland’s rugged Wild Atlantic Way.
Choose from 2, 3, 4 or 6 week accredited excavation courses, or a one week introductory course.
Our accredited courses offer up to 9 semester credits from National University of Ireland Galway.
Accommodation and classroom tuition take place in the same purpose-built campus.
Explore Achill & The Field School
Read all about the Field School in our Blog
Get all our news and stories from our Blog. Keep up to date with recent digs and finds, new publications, and in-depth reports from our archaeological excavations on Achill Island.
“ 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 when offered an opportunity to work as a Supervisor during the summer of 2018, I jumped at it and had a very rewarding experience, so much so that I am planning a return to the AAFS in 2019. Who wants to join me? “