The field school will be running a number of courses including introductory and specialist programmes. From April to early May 2014, students will work at a late to post-medieval village site (c. 1650AD – 1900AD). This village was used for the practice of transhumance when people from permanent settlements moved with their livestock to avail of summer pasture in upland areas. It was a practice found throughout Europe and Britain from as early as the Neolithic through to the post-medieval period in some areas.
From May to September, excavations are expected to concentrate on the prehistoric and historic landscape at Slievemore, an area noted for the variety of its monuments that includes megalithic tombs, Bronze Age roundhouses, prehistoric field walls, and an early medieval church site and enclosures.
Students should be at least 17 years old, although younger volunteers can be accommodated by special arrangement. Cost includes lodgings (with self-catering facilities), local transportation and tuition in all aspects of site excavation and recording. Academic credits are available on the modular courses. Visitors are welcome at any time.
We also offer a number of 1-week Introductory courses, 2-weeks Bare Bones courses, a 3-weeks Specialist Dig, Draw and Digitise course and several 1-Day Guided Tours, details of which can be viewed on our website at: www.achill-fieldschool.com.