Overview: This four week program provides a unique, hands-on opportunity for students to excavate the buried remains of both St Aidan’s c. 7th century monastery and a 12th century Augustinian Abbey (founded by Diarmuid McMurrough) in the town of Ferns, County Wexford, Ireland. This site is a multi-period complex, originally founded by St Aidan at the turn of the 7th century and used from that time until today as a place of worship. Excavations will focus on the early monastic enclosure as well as buildings from both monastic communities. As both sites contain burial grounds this program is both an excavation and bioarchaeology course, directed by one of Ireland’s foremost osteoarchaeologists, Dr Linda Lynch.
Staying with local families in homestay accommodation, this program also offers a deeply enriching cultural immersion, guaranteeing students a truly memorable experience.
The site is located within Ferns town, one of Ireland’s most important medieval centres, providing a stunning backdrop to the archaeological research site.
Registration does not guarantee acceptance to the program, which is contingent on a reference check. Once we have contacted your referee, and are happy with their reference, we will contact you with an official acceptance and payment link for a minimum payment of a €500 deposit.
Covid-19 Cancellations: For students that book directly with IAFS: In the event that IAFS cancel a program a full refund will be issued, this does not include students that book through the IFR.
For students that book an IAFS program through the IFR: If a student has booked their course through the IFR please check their Terms & Conditions.
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Course Details BROCHURE
Application Deadline*: April 30, 2021
Payment Deadline: April 30, 2021
*A late application fee of €200 will apply after this date.
The accredited option provided through the Institute for Field Research will open in November 2020 and you can REGISTER YOUR INTEREST below.
Academic Credit: 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units)
Application Deadline: Date will be confirmed in November 2020.
Payment Deadline: Date will be confirmed in November 2020.
*This price is based on 2020 rates. 2021 prices to be confirmed.