Location: Achill Island, Mayo, Ireland
Season Dates: May 19, 2014 - August 15, 2014
Session Dates: May 19 - June 27; July 7 - August 15
Application Deadline: June 30, 2014
August 2, 2014
Discount for AIA members: Complimentary 1-Day Guided Tour of Achill and surrounding area
Affiliation: National University of Ireland Galway
Project Director: Stuart Rathbone, MA, Theresa McDonald, MA. MIAI, Nick Brannon, MA,. Gerard Mangan, Dip. Arch. Dolores Kilbane
Achill Field School will begin a multi-season investigation of a fascinating prehistoric site in April of this year. Work in 2014 will focus on the circular mound at the western end of an unclassified megalithic tomb, which is clearly going to be a spectacular structure whatever its age. The goal for this year is to determine the nature and date of this mound and to establish the relationship between it, the two portal or jamb stones and the underlying or adjacent cairn material. Future seasons will extend the excavation to the east to examine the possible gallery, the small foundation to the south, the pre-bog field wall and the promising looking mass of cairn material or collapsed building stone to the north. With so much still to learn about the site it surely has to rate as one of the most exciting excavations taking place in Ireland at the present time. Our 2-week, 4-week and 6-week modular courses come with academic credit, issued by the National University of Ireland, Galway. Tuition is combined with weekly lectures and practical assignments that lead the student through various aspects of survey and excavation methodology. On-site and post-excavation data analysis utilise paper and computer-based methods (including AutoCad, GIS and Photoshop), providing students with practical skills tuition in the recording and analysis generated during the archaeological excavation. In addition, students are introduced to the unique nature of the archaeology to be found in Ireland. Through a combination of lectures, histoirc site visits and excavation, the students gain knowledge of the differences between various time periods and how each period has influenced the history of Ireland.
Period(s) of Occupation: Neolithic and Bronze Age
Project Size: 25-49 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 Weeks
Minimum Age: 17 years
Experience Required: None
Room and Board Arrangements
Superior self-catering (sharing) accommodation in a modern, fully-equipped house with everything supplied except food.
Located in Dooagh Village beside the Archaeology Centre
Cost: €690 per week
Name of institution offering credit: National University of Ireland Galway
Number of credits offered: 9 Semester hours
Tuition: Stuart Rathbone, Director of Fieldwork
Achill Island, County Mayo 000
Phone: +353 98 43564
Fax: +353 98 43595
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Waddell, John, The Prehistoric Archaeology of Ireland, 2000.
Cooney, G. & Grogan, E. Irish Prehistory: A Social Perspective.
McDonald, Theresa, Achill Island: Archaeology, History and Folklore 2006.