Location: Corofin, Ireland
The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology (IFPA) combines cutting edge research into prehistoric societies with first-class and practical hands-on education. We want our students to understand the research questions with which we approach our surveys and excavations, to think critically about the techniques we employ and to become fully engaged in the interpretive process.
We are a National University of Ireland, Galway fieldschool and the only archaeological fieldschool singularly focused on Ireland's prehistory. We are currently concentrating on megalithic tombs, trying to understand how and why they were built. To date, we have excavated two wedge tombs and during 2017 we plan to dig a third.
We offer three courses: a two-week lecture and survey course, a four-week excavation and recording techniques course and a one-week experimental archaeology course. We also offer the discounted opportunity of combining two courses into a five or six-week course, or - for the ultimate introduction to Irish prehistory - combine all three into a seven week course. It is also possible to join us for the entire summer - thirteen weeks of courses, with one week of in the middle.
Period(s) of Occupation: Neolithic, Chalcolithic, and Bronze Age
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 week
Room and Board Arrangements
In 2017 our students will be housed in the centre of Lisdoonvarna village, in the town square holiday homes.
These are comfortable modern townhouses, with all broadband internet and fully equipped kitchens. Students will be housed 2 to a room, in twin beds. The accommodation is self-catered and students are expected to cook for themselves. There will be no more that 6 students to a house/kitchen and there are various options for eating out in the village.
Classroom and post-ex facilities
Our indoor classes, workshops and post-excavation work (on wet days) will be carried out in our University research station, which is equipped with PC’s, laboratory equipment and a lecture theater.
Lisdoonvarna is well served by public transport (bus) and there is plenty to do in the area on the weekends (e.g. surfing, caving, kayaking, hiking and site-seeing)
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