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Dooagh, Achill Island, Co. Mayo
53.97486333917852, -10.128385413769593
098 43564 or 087 6772045

Achill Archaeological Field School 2017

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. We 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 our reputation for the quality of our training and this mission statement remains at the centre of everything we do. Residential Archaeology Field School Courses 2017

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. Introduction to Archaeology Courses

Evening Lectures

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. Evening Lecture Schedule

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 from 9.30 am to 1 pm Mon-Friday throughout the year.

Guided Tours

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. Archaeological Guided Tours

Achill Half-day Tour: Included in this Tour are: Keem Bay Deserted Village and Field Systems, Captain Boycott’s House, Penal Altar, Slievemore Deserted Village, Slievemore Early Medieval Graveyard &
Cross Slabs.

Achill Island One Day Tour: Included in this Tour: Deserted Village, Slievemore, Crannog, Carraun Point, Kildavnet Church and Kildavnet Castle.

Annagh Half-day Tour: Included in this tour are Annagh booley village, Neolithic Portal Tomb and a 19th century fishing station. Departs 10 am from Archaeology Centre Dooagh. Minimum of 5 persons. Advance booking for this Tour is essential.

Clew Bay Archaeological Tour. Included in this Tour are prehistoric standing Stones, Stone Rows, a Neolithic Court Tomb, the Clapper Bridge and an Early Medieval ecclesiastical site.

North Mayo Archaeological Tour. Ceide Fields Visitor Centre and tour of prebog Field walls, Neolithic Court Tombs and a Bronze Age Wedge Tomb, Medieval Abbey, Ogham stone, Round Tower and tallest standing stone in Ireland.

Sligo Archaeological Tour. Includes Creevykeel Court Tomb, Carrowmore Megalithic cemetery, Drumcliff churchyard, Round Tower and WB Yeats grave, Lissadell House, Sligo Abbey and Holy Well + Rag Bush.

Midlands of Ireland Archaeological Tour: This fabulous two-day tour takes in some of Ireland’s outstanding archaeological sites, Roscommon Castle and Medieval Abbey, Rathcroghan, Boyle Abbey, Corlea Trackway and Clonmacnoise. Guides, transport, B&B accommodation and meals included. Midlands of Ireland Archaeological Tour