What is included in the Field School fees?
Fees include Tuition and Academic Credit, Accommodation in a modern block of 2-room and 4-room units, many with en suite facility; a Common Room, fully equipped Kitchen, Dining area and Utility Room. The Accommodation block is located next door to the Archaeology Centre in the centre in Dooagh Village. There is a medium sized grocery store in Keel, which will be a regular stopping point in our routine, and a larger supermarket is located in Achill Sound to which weekly trips will be arranged. There are several pubs and restaurants within walking distance of the Archaeology Centre.
How do I enroll in the 2017 Achill Field School?
You must first of all submit your application using the on-line application form. Our modular courses are designed for undergraduate and post graduate students and come with Academic Credit from the National University of Ireland, Galway. To register for Academic Credit, you will need to complete and return the application form that you will find on our website at: NUIG Academic Credit Form 2017 pdf. NUI Galway will also require a copy of your Birth Certificate or Driving License for ID purposes in relation to the processing of your transcript for academic credit, upon successful completion of your course.
Can you provide financial assistance for people wishing to attend the Field School?
At the present time we cannot offer any help with the payment of course fees or with transport costs to Achill.
How soon do I have to pay my booking fee?
The 2015 Field School was fully booked, while some courses were overbooked. We recommended that you send your booking form as early as possible to help guarantee your place at the field school. A 50% deposit is required to secure your place at the time of booking and the remaining 50% is payable 8 weeks prior to the commencement of your course.
Modules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6:
Bookings for all modules can be made on-line through our secure payment facility on this website.
Postal applications are accepted and must be accompanied with a completed booking form and a first installment of the course fees, (50% of total fees). The second and final installment (the remaining 50%) is payable at least 8 weeks prior to the start of the course. Late enrollments (if places are available) will be accepted.
All other Courses:
Bookings for all courses can be made on-line through our secure payment facility on this website.
Postal applications are accepted and must be accompanied with a completed booking form and the full course fees, late enrolments (if places are available) will be accepted, please contact the Field School for details.
When can I arrive at the Field School?
You should try to arrive at the Field School the Saturday preceding your commencement date. Students attending the Field School Modular courses will be collected from Westport Railway Station at 4 pm on the Saturday preceding the commencement of the course and will be returned there again upon completion of their course/s. Students attending our 1-week Introductory course/s and/or Bare Bones courses should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Is it possible to travel to Westport from Achill?
There is a good but limited local Bus service between Dooagh and Westport.
There is a daily bus from Dooagh, Achill to Westport and Castlebar.
What type of clothing should I bring?
Each student should be equipped with wind & waterproof clothing (pants & jacket – essential), together with strong hiking boots, which they will find invaluable on site and on the weekly field trip, which often involve long distance hikes over wet and rough mountain terrain. During certain weather conditions (wet and humid), we do get some midges (insects) here on the island, so it would be advisable to bring some insect repellent and bite cream.
Is there a grocery shop near the Field School?
The nearest grocery store is in Keel village, a 15 minute walk from the Archaeology Centre. There is a larger grocery store in Achill Sound, which is approximately 10 miles from the school and to which students travel to at weekends. Weekly shopping trips using the Field School Bus can be organised.
Is there a bank available on Achill Island?
Achill Island is served by mobile banks three days a week. However, these banks visit the island during the Field School hours and will not be accessible to the students. We suggest that you bring a credit card and arrive with sufficient cash for initial purchases on the island. There is only one ATM on the island, but it is located at Achill Sound quite a distance from Dooagh. Card payment facilities are however available from a number of businesses in Dooagh and Keel.
Is there a Church on Achill Island?
There is a Catholic Church in Pollagh – a 10 minute walk from the Field School centre and a Church of Ireland (Anglican) church at Dugort, some 4 miles distant from the Centre.
Is computer / internet access available at the Field School?
Yes Broadband (Wi Fi) is now available at the Field School and also in our accommodation block and this is FOC to our students.
What type of accommodation is provided for students participating in the Summer Field School?
Students participating in the Field School stay in superior accommodation at the Field School Accommodation Block. Many rooms have ensuite facilities and there is a large kitchen and dining area with modern self-catering facilities. Electricity, heating, bed linen and laundry facilities are included in the course fees. Towels or food are not included. See our accommodation page for more information.
How do I get to the Field School?
If you fly into Dublin, you should get the Airport Bus into Heuston Train Station in central Dublin where you can catch a train to Westport in County Mayo. If you fly in to Shannon, you should get a bus from the airport to Galway City, which will connect with a bus to Westport. Students attending the modular courses should arrange to arrive in Westport before 5 p.m. on the Saturday prior to the commencement of their course in order to avail of the free transport arranged by the Field School. We will arrange to transport you back to Westport on the morning of your departure. Contact details for train & bus schedules are available on our Getting to Achill page. If you need further help with your travel arrangements, please contact us. contact us.
Do you accept volunteers?
We welcome applications from volunteers with a particular skill base e.g. drawing, AutoCAD, ArcGIS, Osteoarchaeology, Sorting, Drawing and sorting artefacts etc. We particularly welcome mature students/adults to the Field School. Former and new students who are interested in doing research projects on Achill Island will be given every assistance by the Field School e.g. use of library and other research facilities.
Is participation on the 1-Day and 2-Day Tours compulsory?
No it is not compulsory but the Tours are an excellent way to see a range of spectacular archaeological sites in Ireland at a relatively low cost. All tours are guided by professional archaeologists. Fees include transport, accommodation and entry to attractions, museums and heritage centres.
Will the academic credits transfer to my College or University?
Yes, we have not encountered any problems with the transfer of credits. However, to be on the safe side, you should confirm this with your college. If there is a problem we will do all we can to solve it. For your convenience we have created a list of colleges and universities that have received Academic Credit for their students and to which credits have been successfully transferred. You will be required to complete an on-line academic credit application form upon booking one of our Modular or Trainee Supervisor courses. Academic Credit is available through the Department of Archaeology, National University of Ireland, Galway and is processed through the International Summer School of that university.
How do I enrol for credits?
You will be required to complete an academic credit application form upon booking one of our Modular courses. NUI Galway will also require a copy of your Birth Certificate or Driving License for ID purposes and to ensure the efficient transfer of your transcript to your university.
Is there a minimum age / age limit on students wishing to participate?
We normally ask that participants are at least 16 years of age. However, we have been known to make exceptions for mature people under the age of 16. There is no upper-age limit but people should be aware that it is quite strenuous work and participants should be physically fit. Please contact us if you are unsure whether you would be eligible to participate. Our 1-day courses have proven to be very popular with students from 14 to 17 years of age. Contact us for details.
I have no archaeological experience, can I still participate in the Field School?
Yes, prior experience is not necessary to participate in the Field School – archaeological methods are taught on site and are backed up by a series of lectures and field trips.
Do I have to be doing a degree in Archaeology / Anthropology to participate in the Field School?
No, we welcome people from all walks of life as long as they have an interest in Archaeology and are physically fit.
How do I book one of your courses?
Please go to our Archaeology Courses and bookings page to find out more about booking one of our courses.
Places are limited so early booking is advised.
We cannot hold places indefinitely so we would expect courses to be booked within 2-3 weeks of Application approval.
Bookings can be made through our secure on-line web site. Payment will also be accepted by credit card and / or personal cheque.
Who do I make my cheque payable to or can I call the Field School Office with Credit Card details?
Please make cheques payable to ‘Achill Archaeological Field School’. Payment by credit card is also acceptable by calling +353 (0) 9843564 during office hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.
What is the final date for applications?
Applications must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the commencement of all AFS courses. To find out about availability of any particular course, please contact: email@example.com
Courses cancelled more than 8 weeks prior to commencement will qualify for a refund. However, there will be a 15% administration fee deducted from the course fee paid. We regret we cannot give refunds for courses cancelled within 8 weeks of commencement.