IAFS courses

The Irish Archaeology Field School provides a wide range of expert led research focused courses designed to introduce students to practical archaeological field methods, and to build and expand on knowledge and experience gained in the classroom.  Courses are ideal for students of anthropology, archaeology, history, medieval studies, bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, geography, environmental science, Irish studies and community archaeology. We operate credited programs in partnership with the Institute of Field Research.

Archaeology

Students can undertake a variety of courses covering archaeological survey, site assessment, excavation, recording, post-excavation and management of finds and samples.

Course: The Medieval Landscape of Ferrycarrig: Tracing the Anglo-Norman Invasion of Ireland (Winter and Summer)

Overview

Built in 1169 AD/CE, Ferrycarrig is crucial to our understanding of the earliest stages of the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland. Probably one of the first permanent Norman fortifications to be built in Ireland, the site comprised a ringwork castle placed on a natural promontory overlooking the River Slaney and Wexford town. Today, the bank and ditch are all that remain above the ground but archaeological excavations in the 1980’s uncovered significant evidence of the fortifications preserved below ground. Today archaeological excavations at the site continue to piece together the earliest days of the Norman conquest of Ireland, at this most important site. Staying with local families in homestay accommodation, this program also offers a deeply enriching cultural immersion, guaranteeing students a truly memorable experience.

Ferrycarrig is located within the Irish National Heritage Park, an open-air museum which recreates the key stages in Ireland’s past, providing a stunning backdrop to the archaeological research site. Students will be exposed not only to archaeological investigation at the site but also to the many and myriad ways by which the public is presented, view and interpret the archaeological record.

Course Details

  • Course Dates: January 6 – February 2, 2019
  • Where: Wexford and the Irish National Heritage Park
  • Enrollment Status: OPEN
  • Academic Credit: 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units)
  • Total Cost: $4,535 (including all meals, accommodation, tuition, instruction, equipment and field trips)
  • Course Type: Field Archaeology
  • Payment Deadline: December 1, 2018.
  • Instructors: Dr. Denis Shine, Dr. Stephen Mandal

The program will introduce students to a range of techniques used by modern archaeologists both in excavation and survey. Students will learn the typical progression of archaeological research through non-invasive survey, archaeological excavation and laboratory protocols (focusing on artefact curation). Student research will be complimented by tours to a number of heritage sites, as well as a series of archaeological lectures/workshops.                 *Credit students must undertake the full four week course through the Institute for Field Research

Course: Uncovering the Archaeology of Conflict and Colonisation (Summer – 2 weeks)

 Overview

This two week summer school program gives students a hands-on orientation of archaeological field techniques and field anthropology, including archaeological survey, archaeological excavation, experimental archaeology and post-excavation analysis. The diversity of this course allows students to understand the significance of an archaeological site, specifically the Ferrycarrig ringwork( one of the first Norman castles constructed in Ireland in 1169AD/CE),  within its heritage setting in general, and that of the medieval landscape of Wexford in particular. Staying with local families in homestay accommodation, this program also offers a deeply enriching cultural immersion, guaranteeing students a truly memorable experience.

Course Details

  • Course Dates: June 23 – July 6, 2019
  • Where: Wexford and the Irish National Heritage Park
  • Enrollment Status: OPEN
  • Academic Credit: 7,5 ECTS (equivalent to 3-4 US semester credits)
  • Total Cost: €1,950 (including all meals, accommodation, tuition, instruction, equipment and field trips)
  • Course Type: Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Application Deadline: April 12, 2019
  • Instructors: Dr. Denis Shine
  • Apply through Maynooth University – click here

Forensic Anthropology

Course: Forensic Anthropology – Dead Men Do Tell Tales

Overview

This one week  program teaches students how to excavate and assess human remains in the surroundings of the Irish National Heritage Park located in Wexford on Ireland’s south-east coast. The Dead Men Do Tell Tales course is designed for students from a variety of academic backgrounds with an interest in osteoarchaeology and physical/forensic anthropology. Students will gain practical burial excavation experience (in a controlled staged environment) and have the opportunity to analyse archaeological skeletal remains during laboratory sessions. Topics covered during lab sessions include: human and comparative osteology; determining sex, approximate age-at-death, living stature, identifying palaeopathological conditions and understanding how these techniques are used in archaeological and forensic contexts.The course integrates field excavation and practical laboratory sessions with cultural heritage excursions. Staying with local families in homestay accommodation, this program also offers a deeply enriching cultural immersion, guaranteeing students a truly memorable experience.

Course Details

  • Course Dates: March 10 – 16, 2019
  •                            June 9 – 15, 2019
  • Where: Wexford and the Irish National Heritage Park
  • Enrollment Status: OPEN
  • Academic Credit: 7,5 ECTS (equivalent to 3-4 US semester credits)
  • Total Cost: €1,250 (including all meals, accommodation, tuition, instruction, equipment and field trips)
  • Course Type: Forensic Anthropology
  • Application Deadline: TBC for March program / April 12, 2019 for June program
  • Instructors: Dr. Dara Fleming, Dr. Denis Shine, Dr. Stephen Mandal
  • Apply through Maynooth University – click here