Project Description


This field school offers students the opportunity to learn about the rich history, heritage and archaeology of coastal Ireland. Excavating on the islands of Inishbofin and Inishark, County Galway, Ireland, fifty miles west of Galway along the coast of Connemara, the Cultural Landscapes of the Irish Coast project (CLIC) has been working for 10 years to understand post 18th century island life. The 2018 excavations will focus on Building 5, a partially preserved stone three room house overlooking the Poirtíns, a small harbor in the located on the south-east corner of the 8 by 5 mile island of Inishbofin. In the 1830’s the fishing village of the Poirtíns was home to around 60 people. It is now abandoned with many of the stone buildings partially destroyed in the 1890’s when the upper sections of the houses were removed for building field walls. Although the island of Inishbofin has been lived on since the Bronze Age, very little is known about 18th and 19th century life before and after the Irish Famine on Inishbofin in general, and life in the Poirtíns in specific. This field school involves four weeks of practical instruction in the methods and theory of archaeological excavation in Historical Archaeology, field survey, and laboratory analysis of ceramic, class and metal objects.

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Course Details

  • Course Dates: June 3- June 29, 2018
  • Enrollment Status: CLOSED
  • Total Cost: $4,385
  • Course Type: Field Archaeology
  • Payment Deadline: April 20, 2018
  • Instructors: Dr. Ian Kuijt, Dr. Meredith Chesson
  • Online Orientation:  April 21, 2018, 2:30 PM PST
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The directors welcome emails and inquiries about the research elements of this project. More general information (tuition, health insurance, and payment schedule) can be found under the ‘Students’ tab above. Any further questions may be addressed to IFR staff. Additional details about research, course schedule, travel, accommodation, and safety can be found on the syllabus. Contacting the directors or the IFR office is encouraged and appreciated. It may help you determine if this field school is a good fit for you.

Dr. Ian Kuijt
Dr. Ian Kuijt
Dr. Kuijt is a Professor at University of Notre Dame and the Principle Investigator of the Cultural Landscape of the Irish Coastal Project. He is currently involved in the Island Voices Video ethnography project.
Dr. Meredith Chesson
Dr. Meredith Chesson Senior Field Supervisor
University of Notre Dame


This is a new IFR field school. There are no student testimonials at this time.

Tuition Includes:

  • Costs of instruction
  • Cost of Academic Credits
  • Room & board
  • All local transportation
  • Health Insurance

Student Fees

A nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required to secure a seat in this program.  This program requires an application (no application fee is requested). Only accepted students should pay the deposit fee. Deposit fee is part of the program Tuition. The remaining tuition, minus the $500 deposit, must be paid prior to the tuition deadline (see above under “Course Details”).

Important Note: If you were accepted to this program but did not cancel your participation by the tuition payment deadline, you are legally responsible for the full tuition regardless of attendance in this program. Please read the IFR Cancellation Policy for further clarification.

  • A 2.5% Processing Fee is automatically assessed for all credit/debit card payments
  • A $100 Late Fee will be assessed if full tuition payment is not completed by the deadline.
  • Look at the field school syllabus above for room & board details.


Students and staff will be living in four rented houses. Each of the houses has multiple shared bed and bathrooms, and a common space. The largest building also has a large dining area that will be used for lunch and dinner, as well as lectures.

All of your food needs will be taken care of, so there is no need to worry about main meals. With a few exceptions all the meals will be provided by a professional cook, with students and staff assisting with clean up and meal preparation. However, it is important to share in advance any dietary concerns or food allergies directly with the project director. Meatless options will be available at mealtimes. Tea and coffee will be provided. If you are desperate for something other than water, tea or coffee then I suggest power drink mixes. All of your drinking water will be taken care of. Students will have access to laundry facilities at the Youth Hostel.

Travel Info

Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and need to arrive in Galway on or before June 3, 2018. All students will meet at the Galway Citylink coach station ( at 5:00 pm, Sunday, June 3, 2018. Ireland has excellent public transportation with regular coach and train service from Dublin city center and Dublin airport to Galway. The coach station is located one block away (less than five minute walk) from the train station and Eyre Square in the heart of Galway. A project representative will meet the students at 5:00 pm, and will then transport them by mini-van to the port of Cleggan, and then by ferry to Inishbofin (


If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text, or email the project director immediately. A local emergency cell phone number will be provided to all enrolled students.


Citizens of the US and Canada do not require visas to enter Ireland. You will need your passport to be valid for at least 90 days and will enter on a tourist visa. No vaccinations are required for entry to Ireland but anyone working in archaeology in Ireland needs to have an up-to-date tetanus shot.

Citizens of other countries, please visit the Irish Embassy website at your home country for visa information.

Student Safety

Student safety is paramount for the IFR. Unlike many universities who are self-insured, the IFR purchases a range of high end insurance policies from some of the largest insurers in the world. Students in all our international programs have a comprehensive health insurance policy. It covers sickness, and chronic and mental health conditions at 100% of the cost. We have a strong evacuation and extraction policy. We can remove students from any location anywhere in the world with one phone call – whether medical evacuation, political or natural disaster extraction and anything in between. We purchase intelligence services from a global private provider and monitor the world 24/7. We automatically enroll our students to the US State Department STEP program. All of our students receive safety orientations both before and on the first day of each program. Our faculty have all been working in the areas where we operate field schools for years. They are intimately familiar with local customs and traditions, know the landscape well and have deep relationships with local communities.

All our domestic programs are coordinated with local authorities which are informed of our operations. Students in domestic programs are covered by their own health insurance and evacuations are managed by local emergency services, as appropriate.

The IFR has strong, explicit and robust policy towards discrimination and harassment in the field (click here for a shortcut). If students feel they cannot discuss personal safety issues with the field school staff, the IFR operates an emergency hotline where students can contact IFR personnel directly.

Travel does involve risk, but we try to minimize this risk as much as possible. Call us at 877-839-4374 or email us at if you have questions about the safety of particular programs.