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The Achill Archaeology Field School has now celebrated 29 successful years as a Training School for undergraduate and graduate students

The Achill Archaeological Field School, founded in 1991, is a training school for students of archaeology and anthropology and is an accredited Field School of the National University of Ireland, Galway. Our mission is to promote the discipline of archaeology through academic and field-based study programmes for national and overseas students that combine in-depth hands-on training with state-of-the art archaeological research. The Field School supplements field-based learning with weekly field trips to local sites and monuments and provides a series of evening lectures, seminars and conferences on topics of historical and archaeological interest. The work of the Field School contributes enormously to the understanding, promotion and safeguarding of the local archaeological resource.

The Achill Archaeological Field School has as its main core mission the delivery of academic accredited archaeology courses with an eminently practical aspect. The international profile of the AAFS is of paramount importance considering that the vast majority of its students come from universities from the USA & Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia. The maintenance of a competitive and relevant position within the landscape of international and domestic academic institutions is therefore crucial to the AAFS growth and evolution as a reference in the field.

The Field School has a small but well-stocked library and a dedicated computer lab complete with a bank of new computers, A3 Scanner, EDM (Total Station), Auto Levels, Trimble GPS units. Software includes Auto Cad 2015, Civil 3D, Map 3D, Arc GIS and Photoshop. Wi-Fi is installed in the Archaeology Centre and in our adjoining student accommodation.

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