Irish Archaeology Field School (IAFS)
We are Ireland’s leading provider of accredited, field-based archaeological research and training programs. The ethos of the school is to provide an opportunity for students of archaeology and anthropology to experience at first hand the excitement of archaeological excavation in a teaching environment.
Our 2021 programmes are now open. In 2021 we offering 11 different educational program options across a range of fields, including:
• Archaeological Excavation
• Forensic Anthropology
• Medieval History
• Environmental Science
• Landscape Archaeology
• Experimental Archaeology
These programs are delivered from two of the premier heritage sites in Ireland and our new headquarters in Birr, namely:
• Carrick, Co. Wexford (site of the first recorded Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland after the 1169 AD/CE invasion, which later developed as a high medieval castle and borough) and
• Ferns, Co. Wexford (an early medieval c. 7th century monastic site, which continued in use through the medieval period)
• John’s Hall in Birr, C0. Offaly – our new set of heritage buildings, which have been purposely restored as a school.
Our winter programs are perfect for those who prefer a ‘path less trodden’, as it is a much quieter time of the year on the site and in Ireland, meaning a much more intimate experience that is ended everyday by a stunning winter sunset from Carrick Hill! Our winter programs coincide with the southern hemisphere’s summer holidays but also suit US students who can’ squeeze them in’ on their winter break as a great way to start 2021. We are offering two credited winter programs in both excavation and experimental archaeology.
For more information about IAFS visit https://iafs.ie/