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 Details: 4 Week Program

  • Course Dates:
    July 14 to August 10, 2019 – 4 week program
  • Where:                   Birr (base), Burren and Clare Island
  • Enrolment Status: OPEN
  • Academic Credit: 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units)
  • Total Cost: (including all meals, accommodation, tuition, instruction, equipment and field trips)  $4,735
  • Course Type: Geoarchaeology
  •  Payment Deadline : April 5, 2019
  • Instructor: Dr. Stephen Mandal
  • Apply through the Institute for Field Research – click here 

Course Details: 2 Week Program

  • Course Dates:
    August 11 to August 24, 2019 – 2 week program
  • Where: Birr (base), Burren and The Curragh
  • Enrolment Status: OPEN
  • Academic Credit: 2 semester credit units (equivalent to 3 quarter units)
  • Total Cost: (including all meals, accommodation, tuition, instruction, equipment and field trips) $2,815
  • Course Type: Geoarchaeology
  •  Payment Deadline : April 5, 2019
  • Instructor: Dr. Stephen Mandal
  • Apply through the Institute for Field Research click here for 2 week program