Due to the Covid-19 crisis this field program has now been transferred online!

While missing our outdoor classroom the program will still deliver the same great academic content and carries the same credits as the established field version.
The program is delivered through a combination of live online teaching and lab sessions, exclusive access to pre-recorded tutorials and self-directed (but guided) learning and home-based activities. For more information see our dedicated brochure here

The Irish Archaeology Field School (IAFS) provides a unique program, in partnership with Maynooth University, teaching students how to excavate and assess human remains in the surroundings of the Irish National Heritage Park located in Wexford on Ireland’s south-east coast.
The Dead Men Do Tell Tales course is designed for students from a variety of academic backgrounds with an interest in osteoarchaeology and physical/forensic anthropology. The course draws heavily on bioarchaeology so that students gain practical burial excavation experience (in a controlled staged environment) and have the opportunity to analyse archaeological skeletal remains during laboratory sessions.
Topics covered during lab sessions include: human and comparative osteology; determining sex, approximate age-at-death, living stature, identifying palaeopathological conditions and understanding how these techniques are used in archaeological and forensic contexts.
The course, delivered by some of the foremost archaeological and bioarchaeological experts in Ireland, integrates field excavation and practical laboratory sessions with cultural heritage excursions to provide students with a unique academic enrichment and cultural heritage experience of Ireland.

What: Forensic Anthropology School offering 7.5 ECTS (3-4 US semester credits)

When: March and June every year, (see HEREfor each year’s specific dates)

Where: Wexford and the Irish National Heritage Park

Who: Open to Maynooth University and international students looking to gain hands-on field experience. Also open to non-students who are over 18 years of age.

How much: €1260

Living and Culture: Please see our partner’s information : HERE

Assessment and Learning: Please see the program brochure : HERE