Location: Isert Kelly Castle, Kilchreest, Co Galway, Ireland
Dates: June 10 – August 2
Cost: €3,450 (for a four-week course) to include accommodation, tuition, local transportation and academic credit.
Age: 18+
Training / Experience: None
Accommodation: Yes
Organization: Galway Archaeological Field School
Name: Dr Rory Sherlock
Address: Birchall, Oughterard, Co Galway, Ireland
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 00 353 87 2867061


The Galway Archaeological Field School provides students with hands-on experience of the archaeology and architecture of medieval Ireland. We specialise in this field and seek to immerse our students in the wealth of medieval castles, churches and monasteries which lie scattered across the Irish landscape. In summer 2019, we will return to Isert Kelly Castle where we have been excavating every summer since 2014. We plan to open a new trench across a probable entrance gateway and re-open a trench on a building in the courtyard.

Excavation in progress at Isert Kelly Castle during summer 2017 (Credit: R Sherlock)

We offer two four-week courses on the site – our Introduction to Archaeological Excavation course for beginners and our Recording Methods in Archaeological Survey and Excavation course for more advanced students. We also offer a separate two-week Castles, Cloisters and Churches course before and after the excavation – this focusses on the study of medieval architecture and involves daily fieldtrips to explore medieval sites in several counties.

Students can register for any individual course or can combine courses to create six-week, eight-week or ten-week packages. Students are accommodated in luxury single-room student apartments in Galway city and are free to explore during evenings and weekends.