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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.

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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. Application Applications are processed through our IAFS website.

Phone: +353 89 427 6912

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"We had such a great time working with the Irish Heritage School both virtually and on-site in Birr. Denis and Steve were able to accommodate all of our requests ahead of arrival and both our faculty/staff leaders and students enjoyed having Mairead joining us on our excursions throughout the week. As a performing arts-based program we were impressed to see the extent of the IHS’s network across Ireland. We were able to visit all of our ‘dream’ locations (including a fiddle maker’s workshop) as well as some big tourist destinations like the Cliffs of Moher. I think a big highlight of the program for our students was the homestays. We had first time travellers in our group and I think the homestays and small-town feel of Birr helped them feel more at home. I would recommend the Irish Heritage School to anyone looking for a faculty-led program in Ireland."

Emily Dougherty,

Education Abroad Advisor, University of North Dakota