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The Achill Archaeological Field School is Ireland’s oldest and leading archaeology training Field School established in 1991 providing archaeology courses for all levels, from beginner to undergraduate students to our very popular trainee supervisor course. We are located on Achill Island in the west of Ireland on Ireland’s spectacular Wild Atlantic Way.

The Achill Archaeological Field School is accredited to the National University of Ireland, Galway. Students who participate and complete one of our summer courses can earn up to 9 Semester Credits or 18 ECTS for our Modular Courses.

Our beginner and intermediate archaeology courses provide a solid grounding in archaeology theory and practice, from experts in the discipline. Our accredited  Archaeology Field School Courses are aimed at undergraduate and graduate archaeology and anthropology students. We provide the best possible hands-on, technical and academic training for students from Ireland, the UK, USA and Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the world. These include our two, four, six or twelve-week accredited courses, which qualify for academic credit from NUI Galway (National University of Ireland). For a list of schools, colleges and universities that have received academic credit through our courses, please see the International University List. These courses are also open to students and other participants who do not wish to enroll for academic credit.

In 2018, we will continue to research and excavate the enigmatic deserted settlement at Keem (May – June 2018) and start an exciting new project, the exaction of a village and midden located in sand dunes in a rare Machair Landscape at Caraun Point (July-August 2018). Machair is a rare coastal habitat, found only in the west of Ireland and N. Scotland.  The most famous site of this type is Scara Brae in Orkney, Scotland where a sandstorm overwhelmed a Neolithic village 4,500 years ago and which was dramatically uncovered in another storm in 1850.


In 2018 Achill Archaeological Field School will offer two $2000 scholarships for any of our 6 or 12 week accredited excavation courses (Excavations and Recording 1, 2, or 7). The bursaries, which can be offset against course fees, aim to support students in their field school journey of discovery. For full details see our scholarships page:

Cover of Achill Guide BookNEW! 2018 Brochure
Our 2018 course brochure is now available
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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 2018 will continue to feature as an Interactive Dig.
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