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Panaorama view of classrooms at Achill Archaeological Field School

Modern facilities and equipment to decipher the past.

The Achill Archaeological Field School (AAFS) is the oldest such institution in Ireland. It was founded in 1991 by Dr. Theresa McDonald in order to establish a top quality field-training venue for students of archaeology and anthropology from around the world. Having brought hundreds of archaeology students to Achill Island over the past 27 years, the AAFS has now completed a major technological upgrade of its facilities. As a result its equipment is fully compatible with recent developments in survey and excavation systems.

The Archaeology Centre houses a Lecture Room, Library, Laboratory, Drawing and Computer Rooms, an Office and a small outside garden. The Computer Room houses a bank of networked computers with top of the range computer programmes such as AutoCAD and ArcGIS, Photoshop and Illustrator. Broadband connection is available and WiFi was installed in 2011.

The Archaeological Field School’s infrastructure includes the following essential facilities at the centre:

  • Modern laboratory
  • Lecture room
  • Computer network
  • Study area
  • Library with wide range of Books and Journals
  • Site Office and Tool Shed
  • Dormitory accommodation block

Achill Archaeological Field School is the ideal institution to offer international students a comprehensive program dealing with Irish Prehistoric and Historic archaeology.