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Introduction to Irish Archaeology 2022

Summer 2022

Course fees include tuition, accommodation in our superior, fully equipped self-catering building, materials, local transport, lectures and seminars.

Dates: 23 – 27 May / 15 – 19 Aug 2022
Duration: One week
Cost: €750

This Introduction to Irish Archaeology course is ideal for people wishing to have their first experience with archaeology outside of the classroom or beyond the medium of books and television. It is suitable for anyone wishing to experience the excitement of an archaeological excavation for the first time, or for people that have already been on an excavation but want to learn the procedures involved in examining the historic buildings in the beautiful scenery of Western Ireland. This 5-day course is ideal for the interested amateur or younger students considering archaeology as a future subject to study, or as a career. It is also particularly suitable for National School Teachers.

Accommodation is available from Saturday to Saturday. Fees include tuition, self-catering accommodation and local transport.

At this time we only require an application from prospective students. A firm commitment, in the form of a deposit, will be required when your course is confirmed.

About the 2022 Dig Site

In 2022, the primary focus of work will be the excavation of two drystone houses at Tawnaghmore (translates as great meadow), a small enigmatic settlement, which probably dates to the late/post medieval period (AD1380-1900). Tawnaghmore is a nucleated settlement of 16 unplanned houses running in a linear fashion over 170m of ground at an elevation of 97m asl. The site is located on ground sloping gently south-eastwards, along the left and right banks of the Abhainabhaile (Townland River), which flows in a south easterly direction and enters the sea at Dooagh village. Access to Tawnaghmore from Dooagh is along the banks of this river, following a bog road, a narrow grass-covered track and a glacial ridge to reach the site. There is no visible road/track into the settlement. To the north east is a grass and bog covered linear settlement with an unknown number of houses called Caislean (small stone fort) which may suggest the presence of a Cathair (stone fort) in this area sometime in the remote past. A pollen core taken in 2005 indicated the presence of a deciduous forest in this area during the mid to late Neolithic (Caseldine, C. 2005, 169-178). The settlement appears on maps dated to 1809 and 1838 but little is known about its period of occupation or abandonment. The houses are relatively large, have some unusual features and are sub-rectangular in shape. We look forward to an exciting project in 2022.

Tawnaghmore dig site, Dooagh, Achill Island
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