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Achill Archaeological Field School - Scoil Seandálúil Acla

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Achill Folklife Centre, Dooagh, Achill Island, Mayo,
Ms Theresa McDonald
T: +353(0)9843564
F: +353(0)579343595

The Achill Archaeological Summer Field School in County Mayo is a training school for students of archaeology and related disciplines.

Ireland’s oldest and best-known Archaeology Field School with over 25 years of experience of training archaeology and anthropology students in the
techniques of fieldwork and archaeological excavation.

The AAFS has been at the forefront of historical archaeology in Ireland with its pioneering project on the ‘Deserted Village’ of Slievemore. They offer
residential modular courses that include a combination of in-depth training and a focus on state-of-the art archaeological research. Our courses are accredited by NUI, Galway. A hallmark of the School is their reputation for the quality of training and this mission statement remains at the centre of everything they do.

The Field School also offers one and two-week Introductory and ‘Bare Bones’ courses suitable for students and anyone with a keen interest in
archaeology. In 2017, a new one-week course ‘Investigating Archaeological Landscapes’ is on offer from April to September. h

A programme of Evening Lectures by invited guest speakers on subjects relating to cutting edge research of history and archaeology is held at the Field School on selected Tuesdays during the summer.

Exhibition: “25 years exploring an Atlantic Island”
Established in 1991, Achill Archaeological Field School has undertaken research on many different aspects of the archaeology of Achill Civil Parish, based around extensive and intensive surveying programmes followed by selective excavation of sites of particular interest. Information, plans, photographs and artefacts found during excavation are on display at the
Archaeology Centre in Dooagh. Open Monday-Friday from 09:30 - 13:00 throughout the year.

Guided Tours, led by qualified archaeologists, are available each Tuesday and Thursday from April to September. These half-day and 1-day tours are
the ideal way to discover Achill’s hidden history.