Caherconnell Archaeology Field School

LEADER funding enabled the purchase of specialist equipment for training students in the use of modern and sophisticated archaeological surveying techniques.

Project summary: 

Caherconnell Archaeology Field School, located in the Burren in the west of Ireland, was originally established to uncover the history surrounding the Caherconnell Stone Fort. The Field School delivers National University of Ireland, Galway approved residential courses; providing students with archaeological education as well as a cultural introduction to the area and its communities. 

The Field School wanted to introduce a new course on Archaeological Surveying to its offer and the LEADER funding enabled the purchase of specialist equipment for training students to use the most modern and sophisticated archaeological surveying techniques: providing them with world class transferrable skills.

Project results: 

Field school employment levels were sustained. The field school supports 3 lecturers for the field school season, who produce annual dig reports and work on the preservation of the artefacts that are found

In the first year, 15 students took the new course in Archaeological Surveying and developed highly transferable archaeological surveying skills

Students on the new two week course in Archaeological Surveying generated approximately 210 bed nights for a local accommodation provider

A local transport provider was commissioned to provide transport for the students for the duration of the 2 week course