Tawnaghmore Deserted Village

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The stone ruins of a Tawnaghmore vernacular house from the mid-nineteenth century
Tawnaghmore vernacular house c.1838 (Credit: Achill Archaeological Field School)

Achill Archaeological Field School has a broad range of archaeology courses designed to suit all interests and budgets. Our archaeology courses range in duration from one week to eight weeks and each archaeology course is targeted at a different market – interested amateurs seeking an exciting holiday (Introduction to Irish Archaeology), archaeology undergraduate students seeking field experience and Academic Credit (2-3-4-6-weeks), and potential site supervisors (Trainee Supervisor course).

The 2022 excavation will focus on a deserted settlement of 16 houses at Tawnaghmore, a short walk from our campus in Dooagh, at the western end of Achill Island. This enigmatic nucleated settlement probably dates to the late/post medieval period (AD1550-1900). Our dig aims to identify the timeline more precisely.

Learn excavation skills while exploring this fascinating site. The daily project excavation is supplemented with weekly field trips to some of the numerous other sites of archaeological interest on Achill Island.

Location: Tawnaghmore, Dooagh, Achill Island, County Mayo
Region: Ireland
Time period: Medieval/Post Medieval
Accommodation provided: Yes
Level of experience required: None
Academic credit available: Yes
Extra on-excavation activities: Lectures/fieldtrips
Age limit: 17+
Dates: May 23 – September 2
Cost: €750+
Contact name: Theresa McDonald, MA, PhD.
Contact address: Achill Folklife Centre, Dooagh, Achill Island, Co. Mayo, F28 HK11
Contact telephone: +353 (0) 98 43564 / +353 (0) 87 6772045
Contact email: [email protected]
Website address: https://achill-fieldschool.com
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