Bioarchaeology/Forensic Anthropology – Introduction to Excavating and Recording Human Remains – Summer 2021

Overview: This two week program provides a unique program, teaching students how to excavate and assess human remains within a multi-period burial site, in Ferns, County Wexford. The program 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 will analyse archaeological skeletal remains during a series of laboratory sessions (which include instruction on topics such as human and comparative osteology, determining sex approximate age-at-death, living stature, identifying palaeopathological conditions, etc). The course integrates a live field excavation, whereby students learn how to locate and record burials within a ‘real’ setting – the 7th century St Aidan’s monastery and 12th century St Mary’s Augustinian Abbey. This program is 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.

Course Details  BROCHURE

  • Course Dates: July 11 – 24, 2021
  • Where: St Aidan’s Monastery, Ferns, County Wexford.
  • Enrolment Status: OPEN
  • Including all meals, accommodation, tuition, instruction, equipment, t-shirt and field trips
  • Course Type: Bioarchaeology/Forensic Anthropology
  • Instructors: Dr. Linda LynchDr Denis Shine
Non-Accredited Program
  • Cost: €2,050
  • Application Deadline*: April 30, 2021 
  • Payment Deadline: April 30, 2021

*A late application fee of €200 will apply after this date.


Accredited Program

The accredited option provided through the Institute for Field Research will open in November 2020 and you can REGISTER YOUR INTEREST below.

  • Academic Credit: 2 semester credit units (equivalent to 3 quarter units)
  • Cost*: US$2,525
  • 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.