Caherconnell Archaeology Field School

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Location: Carron, Kilfenora, Co.Clare, IE

Season: May 28, 2018 to August 3, 2018

Session Dates: Course Schedule 2018 6 Week Combined Course: SS109/SS110/SS112 – (18 ECTS or 9US Credit Hours) 6 Weeks May 28th-July 6th 2018 June 11th-July 20th 2018 June 25th-August 3rd 2018 4 Week Combined Course: SS109/SS110- (12 ECTS or 6US Credit Hours) 4 Weeks May 28th-June 22nd 2018 July 9th-Aug 3rd 2018 Introduction to Archaeological Survey: SS112-(6ECTS or 3US Credit Hours) 2 Weeks June 25th-July 8th 2018 Introduction to Archaeological Excavation: SS109-(6ECTS or 3US Credit Hours) 2 Weeks May 28th-June 8th 2018 July 9th-July 22nd 2018 July 23rd-Aug 3rd 2018 Intermediate Archaeological Excavation: SS110-(6ECTS or 3US Credit Hours) 2 Weeks June 11th-June 22nd 2018 July 23rd-Aug 3rd 2018

Application Deadline: April 30, 2017

Deadline Type: Contact for details


Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:

The National University of Ireland, Galway

Project Director:
Dr. Michelle Comber, NUI Galway

Project Description:

Caherconnell Archaeological Field School was set up with a vision for providing unforgettable archaeological experience in the unique & breathtaking Burren region. In partnership with the National University of Ireland in 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.

We organise accommodation, meals, daily transport, weekend learning, on-site lectures and daily tuition. 

Amazing as this site is, it is far from the only archaeology of interest at Caherconnell.  Three other stone cahers or ringforts (at least one of which is earlier in date), a probable Late Bronze Age burial mound, two Bronze Age boulder burials, house sites of as yet unknown date, an ancient field system, and a prehistoric house are all part of the archaeological landscape found at Caherconnell.

All of our courses are accredited by the National University of Ireland, Galway but are also open to anyone with an interest  in archaeology or students who do not to wish to enroll for academic credit. A list of universities whose students have already received Academic Credit from NUIG can be found here. For detailed dig reports 2007-2016 please go to

Fees include the following: Tuition, Accommodation, Transport to and from the dig site daily and breakfast, lunch, dinner and breaks daily. 

Period(s) of Occupation: Post-Medieval

Situated in the heart of the Burren, Co. Clare, close to Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way and the world renowned Cliffs of Moher, Caherconnell Archaeology Field School in partnership with the National University of Ireland in Galway, aims to provide the very best archaeological education as well as a cultural experience that sees students interact with the local population on a daily basis.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 Weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements:
Accommodation for the Archaeology 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. Facilities Include: Launderette Modern washing and drying facilities Common Room Comfortable lounge with TV/DVD, paid computer access, book swap Communications High speed Internet connection Free Wi-Fi for guests Free Parking Information Point (What’s on? Where to go? How to get there?) Luggage storage facility and personal lockers available. Kilfenora Hostel is non-smoking. Telephone: +353 65 708 890 Cost: 2 Weeks - €2,350.00 4 Weeks - €3,995.00 6 Weeks - €5,595.00 Fees cover accommodation (full board), all meals, daily transport, weekend learning, on-site lectures and daily tuition

Academic Credit:
2 Weeks - 6ECTS or 3US Credit Hours 4 Weeks - 12 ECTS or 6US Credit Hours 6 Weeks - 18 ECTS or 9US Credit Hours credits offered by National University of Ireland, Galway. Tuition is .

Contact Information:

Claire Collins

Caherconnell Archaeology Field School

Carron, Kilfenora, Co. Clare



Phone: 353 65 7089999

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