Location: Slievemore, Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Dates: 9th May - 2nd July 2016
Cost: Between €695 and €4750 (depending on length of course and whether it is an accredited or introductory course).
Age: Minimum 17 years old.
Training / Experience: None required.
Accommodation: Fully equipped accommodation block with 2-bed and 4-bed units. Everything supplied except food.
Organization: Achill Archaeological Field School
Name: Stuart Rathbone
Address: Achill Archaeological Field School, Dooagh, Achill Island, Co. Mayo.
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 00353 9843564


Achill Archaeological Field School

Students in 2015 excavating the interior of a large Middle Bronze Age building. (Photo: Achill Archaeological Field School).

This is our third season at the Cromlech Tumulus on Slievemore. So far we have discovered a large stone walled Middle Bronze Age building that is overlain by a series of small Medieval and post Medieval huts. The site is also connected to a nearby Megalithic tomb by a pre bog field wall. This season we hope to find the remaining portions of the Middle Bronze Age building and examine a very interesting dry stone foundation that seems to overlay the site. We also plan to examine the connection between the pre-bog field wall and the rest of the site, and determine whether or not there is a Neolithic component to the site.

We offer two different types of courses. One and two week introductory courses suitable for a wide variety of people and 2, 4 and 6 week accredited courses suitable for university students.

Alongside comprehensive instruction in excavation and recording techniques our different courses offer a variety of additional tuition including finds illustration, digital site illustration, finds processing, field surveying and mapping in ArcGIS online. Each course is supplemented by a series of lectures designed to complement and enhance the field work and off site work.


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