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IRELAND Caraun Point Multi-period Archaeological Complex Achill Archaeological Field School Achill Island, Co. Mayo 29 April-30 August From €695, inclusive of tuition, all materials, local transport, and self-catering accommodation +00 353 98 43564 Achill Archaeological Field School’s 2019 programme will focus on the multi-period archaeological complex at Caraun Point on the northern coast of Achill Island. Caraun Point is well known for its rich archaeological remains, including an early medieval enclosure and the remains of a cashel, as well as several shell middens, dog whelk mounds, and an early modern village of stone houses. The 2019 dig will further investigate the settlement, providing insight into community life in the west of Ireland during this period.

Caherconnell Archaeological Field School: Excavation Programme 2019 Caherconnell Archaeological Field School Carron, Kilfenora, Co. Clare 27 May-2 August (dependent on length of course) €2,450-5,950, depending on course taken +00 353 657 089999 During this dig, a partnership with the National University of Ireland in Galway, students of the school will get the chance to excavate Caherconnell Fort, one of the bestpreserved forts in the Burren. The cultural element of the project is important too, with students interacting with the local people every day. Volunteers can learn all of the relevant archaeological skills under experienced archaeologists at this unique site.

The Archaeology of Conflict and Colonisation Irish Archaeology Field School Irish National Heritage Park, Co. Wexford 23 June-6 July €1,950 +353 894 276912 This two-week summer school programme gives students the chance to learn about numerous archaeological techniques essential for fieldwork. These include archaeological survey, excavation, experimental archaeology, and post-excavation analysis. The course focuses on the Ferrycarrig ringwork: dating to AD 1169, it was one of the first Norman castles to be built in Ireland. As participants are based with local families in homestay accommodation, this programme also offers a cultural immersion in the area of Wexford.

Intensive Summer Fieldwork Courses Blackfriary Archaeological Field School Trim, Co. Meath 4-28 June, 1 July-2 August €3,250-3,950, inclusive of accommodation and food +353 857 563671 The Blackfriary Archaeological Field School offers two courses that will introduce students to a range of important skills. The site is located in the medieval town of Trim, at the heart of the Boyne valley, and excavations focus on revealing the buried ruins of a Dominican friary founded in 1263. The four-week course offers a week of excavation, then three separate weeks of post-excavation, recording, and surveying. The five-week course adds a week of bioarchaeology: learning the best practice for excavating and processing human remains.

SCOTLAND Aden Mansion House Dig and Buildings Survey Cameron Archaeology Ltd Aden Country Park, Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire 29 April-12 May Free 07581 181057 Aden Mansion House is now a ruin, but it was probably built c.1758 after the Russell family acquired the estate, then reconstructed in 1832-1833 by John Smith, before falling into disrepair in the 1920s. Geophysical survey has revealed details of the gardens under the current lawn, as well as a possible earlier structure. Cameron Archaeology plans to excavate beneath the lawn to see what more can be discovered.

Knowe of Swandro Swandro-Orkney Coastal Archaeology Trust Knowe of Swandro, Rousay 22 June-10 August Free, but arrange and pay for own accommodation in Mainland Orkney



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