Geoarchaeology: The Environmental and Cultural Heritage of the Irish Landscape

Your Experiential Field School this Summer!
Throughout human time, people have been interacting with the natural landscape, seeking food, water and shelter, and resources with which to build a better life. Understanding the landscape, how it formed and how it has been altered by humans, is an integral part of the study of archaeology.
This unique teaching focused program has been designed to give students an in-depth understanding of the natural landscape, from the underlying bedrock to the glacial landforms, from the overlying soils to the flora and fauna they support.


Through this understanding, students will be equipped to study the interaction of humans with the landscape through the millennia. The program combines field studies with laboratory work to piece together three different landscapes in three distinct locations.
The program will include field trips to iconic Irish landscapes including the midland blanket and raised bogs in Co. Offaly, and the karst limestone landscape of the Burren in Co. Clare.
Staying with local families in homestay accommodation, this program also offers a deeply enriching cultural immersion, guaranteeing students a truly memorable experience.

Geoarchaeology Course Details

Course Dates: June/July (TBC for 2025)
Accreditation: 2 US Credit Hours (TBC for 2025)
Location: Birr (base) and the Burren, Co. Clare on the West Coast
Total Fees: US$ 3,795 (TBC for 2025)
Includes: All meals, tuition, instruction, equipment and field trips.
Instructors: Prof John Feehan & Dr Stephen Mandal
Application / Payment Deadline: (TBC for 2025)
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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.
Cancellations: This program is run with our partners the Institute for Field Research (IFR). For their cancellation policy, including for Covid-19, please consult their website.