Academic Credit is offered through NUI Galway. This is available as transferable ECTS/or American Semester credits. Click here for a list of International Universities and colleges for which students have previously received credit through an NUI Galway archaeological fieldschool.
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 offer three courses: a two-week lecture, tour 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.
2019 Programme Details:
Session 1: May 20th - 31st 3 Semester Credits/6 ECTS Credits
Course title: Irish prehistory and archaeological survey (2 weeks)
Session 2: June 3rd - June 28th 6 Semester Credits/12 ECTS Credits
Course title: Archaeological excavation and recording techniques (4 weeks)
Session 3: July 1st - 5th 3 Semester Credits/6 ECTS Credits
Course title: Experimental archaeology and the material culture of the Irish Early Bronze Age (1 week)
Tuition, fees and accommodation:
Irish prehistory and archaeological survey (2 weeks) €1,750
Experimental archaeology (1 week) €900
Archaeological excavation and recording techniques (4 weeks) €3,450
Combined 5 week course (sessions 2 & 3) at the discounted price of €4,200
Combined 6 week course (sessions 1 & 2) at the discounted price of €4,800
Combined 7 week course (sessions 1, 2 & 3) at the discounted price of €5350
Irish prehistory and archaeological survey (2 weeks)
The two-week survey course will cover geophysical survey, drawing, digital photography, photogrammetry, total station survey and3D modelling. It will also include visits to some of Ireland’s most famous prehistoric sites, the National Museum and several of our less-well-known prehistoric gems.
During this course we conduct original research on sites of high archaeological potential and students complete written projects on that work. During the summer of 2019 we will be extending our toopographical (Drone/UAV) and geophysical (Magnetometer and Electrical resistivity) surveys on Knockloon hill. During summers 2017/2018 we discovered a ceremonial complex focused on the site of the large prehistoric barrow, which we are excavating.
Archaeological excavation and recording techniques (4 weeks)
The four-week excavation course will cover techniques of archaeological excavation, drawing, digital photography, photogrammetry, total station survey, 3D modelling, context recording, osteoarchaeology and environmental sampling. Students will receive weekly lectures and tutorials from visiting professors, as well as from our fieldschool staff.
In 2018, we began the first ever excavation of a barrow in Co. Clare. This revealed an extremely exciting and complex site, with over over 3000 years of burial and other ceremonial activity. During 2019, we will continue and expand this excavation and
Experimental Archaeology and the material culture of the Irish Bronze Age (1 week)
The one-week experimental archaeology course will concentrate on later Bronze Age materials and include workshops on bronze casting and pottery production. All materials will be provided and students will be allowed take a selection of what they make away with them. Students wishing to get credit for this course will have to complete an essay or video project during the week after the completion of the course.
Self-catered accommodation is provided in the nearby village of Lisdoonvarna. Click here for further details. Lisdoonvarna is well served by buses from Ennis and Galway, and transfers to from Ennis town or Shannon airport (both easily accessible from Dublin or Galway) can also be arranged. At weekends students are free to explore the nearby Burren or visit nearby Ennis town and Galway city. Optional weekend tours will also be available.