Skills that will be covered during our excavation courses:

Daily archaeology fieldwork/excavation:

  • Laying out a site grid
  • Excavation and trowelling
  • Soil sieving
  • Scaled drawing (plans and sections)
  • Taking levels
  • Archaeological photography
  • Recording artefacts and ecofacts
  • Soil recognition and description
  • Soil sampling
  • Completing context sheets


  • Building analysis
  • Total Station (EDM)
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)

Laboratory work:

  • Finds processing
  • Artefact identification
  • Archaeological research
  • Drawing digitisation

The Achill Archaeological Field School is pleased to announce the participation of eminent Irish academics/archaeologists to deliver a series of timetabled lectures and workshops during the Archaeological Field School courses for 2017:

  • Ceramics analysis with Nick Brannon
  • Finds illustration with Rena Maguire
  • Photogrammetry with Gary Dempsey


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