IFPA was one the best learning experiences of my life. I learned valuable skills, received encouragement and instruction, and best of all, was able to experience a time of true community among people who love archaeology as much as I do. I highly recommend this field school to anyone who has an interest in the archaeological field. I came in with little to no experience, and my teammates and instructors were wonderful teachers. I can’t recommend this school enough!
Dalton State College, Georgia, USA
The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology was a blast! Can you imagine tromping up wildflower and cow paddy strewn hills to a dig site of a three-thousand year old megalithic tomb every morning? Talk about a fantastically surreal experience! The lessons and teaching that took place were all jam-packed with information–but in such a casual, low-key and humorous way, one never felt inundated or stressed. From mapping an excavation site, to cleaning up fragments of burnt human bone, to attending a lecture about ringforts, to gabbing with delightful Irish volunteers–this is a breathtakingly splendid opportunity. And one that's not to be missed!
Whitman College, Washington, USA
The month I spent with the IFPA was one of the most memorable I have had! The hands-on education you receive is so enriching and enjoyable for anyone interested in archaeology. Everyone involved, staff and classmates, are so helpful and enthusiastic which is what makes this fieldschool standout. Plus, you will love the time you have to explore the surrounding area when you're not digging!
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
As an aspiring archaeologist, I found the IFPA to be extremely effective in immersing its students in the field and mindset of archaeology. Whether you are already dedicated to the field or simply curious about it, you will become part of a subject that is both fascinating and meaningful.
Chicago, Illinois, USA
"There are so many great things to say about my experience with IFPA. All of the people on site were so helpful with everything. They made it not only very instructive, but fun. The location of everything from the residence, to the site location were fantastic. The month went by too fast, and I hope to go back soon!"
STFX University, Nova Scotia, Canada
"The Field School is a place of fun, education and hard work! As a hands on experience it gives great insight to the workings of an excavation. Ros and the team were the utmost professionals who were also incredibly warm and great fun. You’ll make lovely friends as well as widening your education."
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland
"Attending The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology taught me a great deal, not only about archaeology, but about myself and working as a team toward a real, significant goal. Our field directors were unparalleled in their ability to connect with each student on a personal level and provide an exciting, immersive, hands-on learning experience."
Michael V Habisohn
Chicago, Illinois, USA
I am very happy to say I was a part of the fieldschool during the summer of 2015. I met new long life friends and made great connections in academic circles. The excavation really strengthened my desire to pursue archaeology as a career and I have gained a range of skills from the 6 week course. I highly recommend the course to anyone with even a slight interest in archaeology.
Archaeology and Geography, NUI Galway, Ireland