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Introduction

Welcome to The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology (IFPA), where first-class education and cutting-edge research go hand in hand. Our fieldschool is fully accredited and transferable academic credits are available for international students.

Our Excavation for 2016

During the 2016 summer season, the IFPA will be excavating two prehistoric wedge tombs, built over 4000 years ago by a Chalcolithic/Early Bronze Age society, in the west of Ireland. The tombs are situated among the densest concentration of such tombs in Ireland, on Roughan Hill, in the beautiful karstic landscape of the Burren, County Clare. During the 2015 season we excavated the first wedge tomb in this significant cluster and we are currently analysing the remains we recovered. Some exciting answers are coming to light, however, these are leading to more questions about this prehistoric society. See our Research page for further details.

During our summer excavation we have top academics from various Universities visit to give talks on Irish prehistory. The 2016 list is currently being finalised and a list of those that came during 2015 can be seen here.   

Philosophy

At the IFPA we want our students to understand the research questions with which we approach our excavations, think critically about the techniques we employ and become fully engaged in the interpretive process.