The Irish Heritage School offers an accredited two week and four week geoarchaeology focused Environmental Science Program in partnership with the Institute for Field Research.
Environmental Science In Ireland: The Environmental and Cultural Heritage of the Irish Landscape
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, The Atlantic wilderness of Clare Island, Co. Mayo (4 week program) and The Curragh, Co. Kildare (2 week program).
Course Dates: July 14 – August 10, 2019 – 4 week program
August 11 – August 24, 2019 – 2 week program
Where: Birr (base), Burren and Clare Island (4 week program)
Birr (base), Burren and The Curragh (2 week program)
Enrolment Status: OPEN
Academic Credit: 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units) for 4 week program; 2 semester credit units (equivalent to 3 quarter units) for 2 week program.
Total Cost: (including all meals, accommodation, tuition, instruction, equipment and field trips) $4,735 for 4 week program
$2,815 for 2 week program
Course Type: Environmental Science/Geoarchaeology
Payment Deadline : April 5, 2019 for both programs.
Instructor: Dr. Stephen Mandal
Apply through the Institute for Field Research
– click here for 4 week program
– click here for 2 week program
We are currently open to applications on several of our programs – the Institute of Field Research, Learn International and Maynooth University.
Institute for Field Archaeology Programs
The following four-week programs include tuition, credit transcript, accommodation and meals, equipment and field trips. International travel and local transfers are not included.
- The Medieval Landscape of Ferrycarrig – Tracing the Anglo-Norman Invasion of Ireland: starts January 6th 2019; cost $4,535; status Open (Click Here)
- The Medieval Landscape of Ferrycarrig – Tracing the Anglo-Norman Invasion of Ireland: starts July 1st 2018; cost $4,520; status Open (Click Here)
- Archaeology and Environment In Ireland, Birr, Co. Offaly – The Environmental and Cultural Heritage of the Irish Landscape: starts July 1st 2018; cost $4,520; status Open (Click Here)
Maynooth University Archaeology Programs
The following one to two week programs include tuition, credit transcript, accommodation and meals, equipment and field trips. International travel and local transfers are not included.
- Forensic Anthropology – Dead Men Do Tell Tales: 1 week, starts June 10th 2018; cost €1250; status Open (Click here)
- Uncovering the archaeology of conflict and colonization: 2 weeks, starts June 17th 2018; cost €1950; status Open (Click here)
Through our partners at Learn International, students can enroll in an eight, ten or twelve week professional work placement program. For details in application, fees and scholarship options, please see here or contact Learn International directly as each internship is bespoke.
Faculty Led Programs
To discuss any faculty led program (including any of the above program types), please contact us directly by email at email@example.com, quoting the Program of interest in the subject box.
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