Established in 1991, Achill Archaeological Field School is Ireland’s longest running archaeology and anthropology field school and draws from a wealth of experience and knowledge.


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We are accredited to the National University of Ireland, Galway, which issues academic credit transcripts for students completing our Modular Courses.


Our Field School is located on Achill Island, on Ireland’s spectacular Wild Atlantic Way. Achill offers natural beauty and a rich cultural heritage.


Residential Archaeology & Anthropology Field School on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Est. 1991.

Achill Archaeological Field School welcomes international archaeology students from all over the world! Our students come to experience Irish archaeology in a beautiful island landscape off the west coast of Ireland and participate in archaeological excavations and survey projects under the supervision of highly experienced archaeologists and environmental scientists.

The Achill Archaeological Field School is the oldest and probably the foremost Field School of archaeology and anthropology in Ireland and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016. The mission of the Achill Archaeological Field School is to provide a unique experience for students interested in archaeology and anthropology who wish to explore the rich cultural heritage of Achill Island on the west coast of Ireland.

The Achill Archaeological Field School has been training students in field techniques for 25 years. We usually conduct two archaeological excavations each year. In 2017 the first programme will commence in April and will be followed by excavations at the site of a pre-Famine village at Keem Bay, commencing on the 22nd May. The second part of the programme will commence on the 3rd July and will involve the excavation of a Middle Bronze Age house at Slievemore.

Residential archaeology courses from 1-week to 8-weeks are available for all people interested in archaeology. We also offer non-residential courses at a considerable discount.

Join us in April, May, June, July or August and participate in the excavation of two really exciting sites.

Academic Credit from NUI Galway is available for all of our Modular Courses in archaeology, with applications welcome from students aged 16 years of age and upwards. Mature archaeology/anthropology students are particularly welcome. All applicants must complete an Academic Credit application as part of applying for a course.

A special archaeology field school programme is available on request for Second Level students. Our long-standing 1-Day archaeology tour of Achill Island combined with a visit to the site of the excavation is available again in 2017. Contact or phone 098 43564 to book this tour.

We also offer a selection of 1/2 day and 1-day Guided Tours to archaeology sites and monuments on Achill and 1-day and 2-day Guided Tours to some of the most spectacular archaeological sites in the West and Midlands of Ireland.

Our Mission Statement:

  1. We are the oldest Archaeology Field School in Ireland and celebrated our 25th Anniversary in 2016
  2. We are foremost specialists in Irish settlement archaeology – Prehistoric and Historic
  3. We supply Academic Credit to university/college students that go towards their Degree
  4. A hallmark of the School is our reputation for the quality of our training and this mission statement remains at the centre of everything we do
  5. We offer a combination of in-depth training and a focus on state-of-the art archaeological research

Cover of Achill Guide BookNEW! Achill Guide Book
A Guide to the Archaeological and Historical Sites on Achill, Achillbeg and the Corraun Peninsula, by Theresa McDonald PhD. of Achill Archaeological Field School, was published in October 2016. Over 100 pages of content detailing 85 sites, with fold-out map.
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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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