Overview: 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.

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

The program will include field trips to iconic Irish landscapes including the midland blanket and raised bogs in Co. Offaly, the karst limestone landscape of the Burren in Co. Clare and our iconic archaeological project at Carrig, Co. Wexford.

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.

Course Details    BROCHURE

  • Course Dates: July 10 – July 23 TBC
  • Where: Birr (base), Burren and Ferrycarrig
  • Enrolment Status: CLOSED
  • Including all meals, accommodation, tuition, instruction, equipment, t-shirt and field trips
  • Course Type: Geoarchaeology and Environmental Science
  • Instructors: Prof John Feehan, Dr Stephen Mandal
Accredited Program

The accredited option provided through the Institute for Field Research is closed.

  • Academic Credit: 3 semester credit units (equivalent to 4.5 quarter units)
  • Cost*: US$3,320 TBC
  • Application Deadline: 15th April TBC
  • Payment Deadline: 15th April TBC


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