This two-week accredited program gives students a hands-on orientation of archaeological field techniques and field anthropology, including archaeological survey, experimental archaeology and post-excavation analysis. Our program is delivered at the Seir Kieran monastic site, in Offaly, at the heart of Ireland. This program is run in partnership with Maynooth University.

Students learn how to critically assess an archaeological site within its landscape. We achieve such an understanding by deploying a range of methods that include archaeological survey techniques. The diversity of this course allows students to understand the significance of an archaeological site within its heritage setting in general, and that of the medieval landscape of Offaly in particular.

Staying with local families in homestay accommodation, this program also offers a deeply enriching cultural immersion, guaranteeing students a truly memorable experience.

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. Only payment of this deposit secures your place on the course, full payment is due by the payment deadline on June 2nd.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us and please also consult our Terms and Conditions.

Course Details

Course Dates:  July 16th – July 29th, 2023
Where:  Seir Kieran monastic site & Birr, County Offaly.
Enrolment Status:  Open!
Includes:  All meals, accommodation, tuition, instruction, equipment & field trips
Course Type:  Archaeology & Anthropology
Instructors:  Dr. Denis Shine, Dr. Stephen Mandal
Academic Credit: 7.5 ECTS (equivalent to 3-4 US semester credits)
Cost: €2,250
Application Deadline*: June 2nd, 2023
Payment Deadline: June 2nd, 2023
*A late application fee of €200 will apply after this date.

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