The Irish Heritage School provides an opportunity for students of archaeology, anthropology and related disciplines to experience at first hand the excitement of archaeological excavation in a supportive teaching environment

The IHS (trading as the Irish Archaeology Field School – IAFS) is Ireland’s leading provider of accredited, field-based archaeological research and training. We offer a suite of programs to individual students, as well as developing customized programs, in all fields of cultural heritage (including archaeology, anthropology, history, geoarchaeology, experimental archaeology, forensic anthropology etc). Whilst our programs are excavation centred and aimed primarily at students of archaeology, anthropology and forensics, courses are open to all, and are guaranteed to give you an enriching and thoroughly worthwhile study abroad adventure.

Ferrycarrig, Co Wexford

Our primary excavation site is at Ferrycarrig, Wexford, where we are leading a major research project of the first ever Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland, dating to 1169 AD/CE. The project, ‘Digging the Lost Town of Carrick’ is in partnership with the Irish National Heritage Park, in which the site is also located, a 35 acre outdoor museum explaining Irish history and culture from 10,000 BC to 1169 AD.

In addition to our marquee project in Wexford, we have also supported, and continue to support, community and academic research driven projects and student research at a host of locations throughout the country. The IAFS website contains detailed information on each of these projects as well as all our Cultural Heritage Programs.

Each IAFS course is designed to introduce students to practical archaeological field methods, and to build and expand on knowledge and experience gained in the classroom. Our courses are ideal for students of anthropology, archaeology, history, medieval studies, bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, Irish studies and community archaeology – or indeed those just looking for a unique study abroad experience. All our cultural heritage courses are credited.

Archaeology Fees

Our archaeology fees are dependent on the duration and content of the courses; full details are available here.


Applications are processed through our IAFS website.

Even though we are a fairly small college, the coordinators at IHS were eager to help create a program that suited our students’ particular curricular needs. At every turn, IHS has been easy to work with and very accommodating. Their deep commitment to educating students about Irish history and archaeology are evident in every conversation.

Best of all, our students returned from their summer course with great enthusiasm and a keen ability to articulate facets of Irish history and culture that they had encountered. The program is well crafted – the hands on archaeological experience, the curriculum, the field trips, the home stays – all work together to create a unique and powerful experience for our students

Dr Karen ChambersAssociate Professor and Ireland Programs Coordinator, Saint Mary’s College, Indiana

Maynooth University is excited to partner with the dynamic and ground-breaking IHS. The IHS provide expert knowledge about the site and were instrumental in developing new ideas to offer our students the chance to gain real, practical skills in field archaeology. The opportunity to offer a program that invites international students to work alongside our anthropology students has greatly added to our current offerings and our students had a wonderful time learning beyond the classroom and the textbook. All the IHS academics and staff provided a wonderful level of support, both academic and pastoral

Dr Kathryn SegesserInternational Office of Maynooth University, Ireland