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Inishark Archaeological Field School

Location: Inishark, Galway, Ireland

June 4, 2014 to June 26, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



University of Notre Dame

Project Director:

Dr. Ian Kuijt

Project Description

The 2014 Inishark Archaeological Field School involves three weeks of practical instruction in the methods and theory of archaeological survey, excavation and laboratory analysis focused on nineteenth century Irish island life. Excavating on the uninhabited island of Inishark, Co. Galway, Ireland, students learn field techniques and apply them to investigations of historic archaeological materials by working with artifacts collected during the field course. In addition to the basic archaeological techniques the class will introduce students to modern remote sensing methods, historical eighteenth through twentieth architecture, and analysis of ceramic and glass materials.  

The 2014 summer research will focus on the detailed excavation of House 8, a buried and remarkably well-preserved sod and stone house dating to the 1870s, as well as excavation of several contemporary stone houses.  The field work will consist of camping on this remote island for two weeks, and then spending a third week doing laboratory analysis while staying at the Doonmore hotel on the nearby island of Inishbofin. Living and excavating on this remote island, students will conduct research on the rise and collapse of kelp and fishing industries, island lifeways, and the process of immigration to mainland Ireland, England, and America.  In previous years this community archaeology project has involved undertaking excavations with the Irish National School system, bringing on local, Irish, and other volunteers on the field project.  As with other summers, in 2014 we will be holding a community event on Inishbofin.  There are no prerequisites for this course, but prior exposure to an introductory course in anthropology or archaeology is helpful.  In addition to tuition, this course requires payment of a project fee to cover living expenses.

Period(s) of Occupation: Historic, Post-Medieval

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full session

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
None; introductory class to anthropology or archaeology recommended

Room and Board Arrangements

Approximately two weeks will be spent camping on Inishark, which is unoccupied.  Additional time will be spent at the Doonmore Hotel on Inishbofin.  Room and board are included in the project fee. Please see for details.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
University of Notre Dame
Number of credits offered 3
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Contact Information
Dr. Ian Kuijt
617 Flanner Hall
Notre Dame