Founded in 1991, Achill Archaeological Field School is Ireland’s oldest and best-known archaeology field school with over 25 years of experience of training archaeology and anthropology students in the techniques of fieldwork and archaeological excavation.
The AAFS has been at the forefront of historical archaeology in Ireland with its pioneering project on the ‘Deserted Village’ of Slievemore. They offer residential courses that include a combination of in-depth training and a focus on state-of-the art archaeological research. Their courses are accredited by NUI, Galway with up to 9 Semester Credit Hours or 18 ECTS available. A hallmark of the School is their reputation for the quality of training and this mission statement remains at the centre of everything they do.
The Field School also offers one and two-week Introductory and ‘Bare Bones’ courses suitable for students or anyone with a keen interest in archaeology. A programme of Evening Lectures by invited guest speakers on subjects relating to cutting edge research of history and archaeology is held at the Field School on selected Tuesdays during the summer.
“25 years exploring an Atlantic Island”
Achill Archaeological Field School has undertaken research on many different aspects of the archaeology of Achill Civil Parish, based around extensive and intensive surveying programmes followed by selective excavation of sites of particular interest. Information, plans, photographs and artefacts found during excavation are on display at the Archaeology Centre in Dooagh. Open Monday-Friday from 09:30 - 13:00 throughout the year.
Guided Tours, led by qualified archaeologists, are available from April to September. These half-day and 1-day tours are the ideal way to discover Achill’s hidden history.