Location: Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland
Dates: 7th May to 7th September 2018
Cost: From €695 per week
Age: Minimum 17 years old.
Training / Experience: None required.
Accommodation: Yes (superior self-catering)
Organization: Achill Archaeological Field School
Name: Eve Campbell
Address: Achill Archaeological Field School, Dooagh, Achill Island, Co. Mayo.
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 003539 843 564


Achill Archaeological Field School

Keem Bay – Photo Credit: Achill Field School

Keem Bay: 21 May – 29 June

For the first half of the summer 2018 we will return to the pre-Famine village of Keem on the western-most tip of Achill Island. Circa 1838 there was a cluster of 40 buildings at Keem. Today there is scant trace of the settlement. Charles Cunningham Boycott, who gained the Keem lease in 1855 laid out an ‘improved’ geometric field system across the valley of Keem erasing most of the pre-existing vernacular landscape. The AAFS Keem Project seeks to uncover the story of the forgotten settlement at Keem, and its demise during one of Ireland’s most traumatic historical periods. In 2018 we will excavate at what we believe is the oldest part of the village.

Caraun Point: 2 July – 10 August 2018

Caraun Point is a small sand-covered peninsula jutting into the Atlantic Ocean. It is well-known for its rich archaeological remains, including an early medieval enclosure, a children’s burial ground, shell middens, and a number of stone buildings of unknown date eroding out of the sand dunes. The site is surrounded by a rare Machair landscape found only in the the west of Ireland and northern Scotland. In 2018 we will target one of these small stone buildings and the nearby shell midden for excavation.

Other ways to get involved

Archaeological Illustration. Pottery workshop. Photogrammetry. ArcGIS. Field Trips.

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