Dates: 29 April – 30 August 2019
Cost: From €695 inclusive of tuition, all materials, local transport and self-catering accommodation.
Age: 16 years and over
Training / Experience: None required.
The Achill Archaeological Field School 2019 programme will focus on the multi-period archaeological complex at Caraun point on the northern coast of Achill island. Caraun Point is well known for its rich archaeological remains, including an early medieval enclosure and remains of a cashel, several shell middens, dog whelk mounds and an early modern village of stone houses.
In 2018, the site yielded exciting evidence for life-ways in the west of Ireland during the 1700s, as well as a rich shell and faunal assemblage, several eighteenth century wine bottles, ceramics, glass beads and a hand-mill.
In 2019, we will further investigate the settlement and associated shell middens which will provide significant insight into community life in the west of Ireland during this dynamic period, as well as contributing to the development of a diachronic picture of settlement in sand-dune landscapes on the Atlantic littoral.
Other ways to get involved
Archaeological Illustration. Pottery workshop. Photogrammetry. ArcGIS. Field Trips.