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Caherconnell Archaeological Field School

Location: Caherconnell, Carron, Co.Clare, Ireland

June 1, 2015 to August 7, 2015

Session dates: 
Combined Course-(Introduction & Intermediate Excavation) 4 Weeks June 1st – June 26th 2015 July 13th – August 7th 2015 Introduction to Archaeological Excavation 2 Weeks June 1st – June 12th 2015 June 29th – July 10th 2015 July 13th – July 24th 2015 Intermediate Archaeological Excavation 2 Weeks: June 15th – June 26th 2015 July 27th – August 7th 2015

Application Deadline: 
Friday, May 1, 2015

Deadline Type: 
Contact for details

Flyer: PDF icon poster_caherconnell_2015.pdf

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



National University of Ireland, Galway

Project Director:

Dr. Michelle Comber

Project Description

Caherconnell Archaeological Field School lies in the heart of the Burren region of Co Clare, on the west coast of Ireland. The Burren is one of Irelands most precious natural resources. An archaeological treasure trove and botanists paradise, the Burren remains one of Irelands most desirable destinations for either its majestic landscape or the fascinating archaeological remains from all periods of the Irish past that covers some 10,000 years.

Caherconnell has proven to be a most valuable archaeological site in that each excavation held at the fort and its environs has not only yielded multiple finds, but has also succeeded in breaking new archaeological ground. Exciting discoveries to date have included a high-status 10th century drystone settlement enclosure (cashel); a late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age house; a medieval stone structure; 15th-century human remains; and a wide range of artifacts, including medieval silver coins, decorated bronze dress-pins, a medieval harp-peg, lead musket shot, finely-made iron arrowheads, beads, metal tools, decorated bone combs, decorated quernstones, prehistoric lithics, and decorated prehistoric pottery.

Caherconnell Archaeological Field School was set up with a vision for providing unforgettable archaeological experiences in the unique Burren Region. In partnership with the National University of Ireland, Galway, we aim to provide the very best education as well as a cultural element which sees students interact with the people of the area daily.

Your experience here will see you work with some of Ireland’s best archaeologists/geologists during the day and some of Ireland’s finest conversationalists at night!

The Caherconnell experience is one which will not be soon forgotten and one which will allow students to experience the very best of Irish archaeology and culture all at once.. So if you wish to learn the skills of Archaeology in a professional manner where academic credit is provided, Caherconnell is the place you have been looking for. Book now and take the first step of your Caherconnell Experience. 

**Due to the very low student-teacher ratio (5:1) A limited number of places are available 

Period(s) of Occupation: Neolithic Post-Medieval

A limited number of places have been made available at the Caherconnell Archaeological Field School. Sign up now and come along to explore Ireland’s ancient past. You can learn the techniques and skills necessary to excavate an archaeological site from highly experienced experts from the academic sector (Archaeological director: Dr. Michelle Comber) **Due to the very low student-teacher ratio (5:1) A limited number of places are available.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 Weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

Accommodation for the field school is provided by Orla at the quaint Kilfenora Hostel. Situated in the historic town of Kilfenora this will be your home during your stay. It is both comfortable and conveniently located beside the ever popular Vaughan’s bar and restaurant where music, Irish dancing and a good old chat are complimentary. WiFi is available in the hostel and there are also computers available for guests use. Storage facilities are also available with personal lockers in each room. Locks are provided should you require them. (

€2200 per 2 week Course, €3995.00 per 4 week course. Fees include tuition, accommodation for the duration of your stay, all meals including breakfast, lunch, dinner and breaks,travel to and from the dig site daily and day trips.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)
Number of credits offered 2 Week Course-6ECTS or 3US Credit Hours 4 Week Course-12 ECTS or 6US Credit Hours
Included in Fees


Contact Information
Claire Collins
353 65 7089999
Recommended Bibliography: 
Gibson, B. 1990 Tulach Commain: A view of an Irish Chiefdom.
UCLA unpublished PhD thesis. Available from UMI Dissertation Services in the US. -UMI Publication Number: 9033924
Carleton Jones 2004- The Burren and the Aran Islands - Exploring the Archaeology,
Cork, Collins Press.
Caherconnell Archaeological Project, Summary of Fieldwork to Date
2014 Edition