Throughout human time, peoplThroughout 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 two 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 and The Curragh, Co. Kildare.


  • Course Dates: July 18 – 31, 2021
  • Where: Birr (base), Burren and The Curragh
  • Enrolment Status: OPEN
  • Including all meals, accommodation, tuition, instruction, equipment, t-shirt and field trips
  • Course Type: Geoarchaeology and Geology


Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

Call us on +353 89 427 6912



Dr Steven Mandal


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€2,400.00 EUR

1 – 50 people

BIR, Burren & Clare Island

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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

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