The North Roscommon Archaeological Survey

This listing expired on June 1, 2014. Please contact for any updated information.

Castle Island, Co Roscommon

Location: Knockvicar, , Roscommon, Ireland

Season Dates: June 30, 2014 - July 19, 2014
Application Deadline: May 18, 2014


Discount for AIA members: 20%

Program Type
Field school

Affiliation: Saint Louis University and the American Institute of Irish Archaeology

Project Director: Thomas Finan, PhD, RPA, FSA, Saint Louis University

Project Description

The 2014 AIIA Field School will run in late June to early July for about three weeks.  The field school will offer students the experience of working with an archaeological research project that will use a variety of field methods to explore the medieval lordship of Moylurg in north County Roscommon.

In 2014 students will learn the basics of field survey, including field planning and surveying using total stations and GPS systems.  They will use a number of geophysical surveying tools, including electrical resistivity, magnetic susceptibility, and geoarchaeological lab studies.  Some small scale excavation will take place.  

Students will also tour a number of archaeological sites in the north Roscommon area, including the islands of Lough Key, Boyle Abbey, Roscommon Castle, Rindoon Castle, Cruachan, and Carrowkeel.

The fees for the 2014 are set at $1,800, and cover room, partial board, and onsite transportation and equipment.  Students are housed in luxury log cabins onsite.  Tuition and college credit are available through Saint Louis University for an additional fee.  Airfare and transportation from Dublin to Carrick-on-Shanon, additional travel on weekends, and weekend meals are not included.

Period(s) of Occupation: Medieval

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements

Students are housed in luxurious vacation cabins near the town of Knockvicar, Co Roscommon.  Students cook meals for themselves in community.  There are a number of pubs and eating establishments in the surrounding neighborhood. The cabins can be seen at
Please also note that as of January 1, 2014 the precise dates for the field school have not been set.

Cost: $1,800

Academic Credit
Name of institution offering credit: Saint Louis University
Number of credits offered: 6
Tuition: Tuition fees not available at this time

Contact Information
Thomas Finan
Department of History, Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, MO 63108

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