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The Big Dig & Transition Year Programme - Bookings Open for January


We at the School of Irish Archaeology - are Ireland's only archaeology school for children and young adults. Using our mobile archaeological workshop, 'The Big Dig', we aim to teach students about Ireland's past in an educational, hands-on, and engaging learning environment.  We are now also offering a bespoke TY Programme which I have outlined below. We are now taking bookings from January onwards for the new term for both the Big Dig & our TY Programme. Our Big Dig workshop is outdoors but weather will not be a problem as we provide a fully enclosed canopy area with our gazebos. We can cater for pods of 8-12 students in any one workshop. During the workshop, our priority will be to ensure that students can always maintain social distancing while providing them with a fun and educational experience.OurBig Digworkshop also supports the structure of the new Junior Cycle History syllabus (How we find out about the past), and is hugely beneficial to students during their study of topics such as ‘Our roots in ancient civilisation’ – in which archaeology is used to study life and death in ancient civilisations. To find out more on our educational programme you can visit our website by Clicking Here.Please see our attached programme and video link and if you have any further questions or would like to book ‘The Big Dig’ please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us either by email or directly

on 087 782 7529.



We have also developed a new educational, hands-on and active outdoor learning TY programme for secondary schools. Our new workshop offers schools a safe educational environment while also adhering to the government’s public health guidelines for COVID-19. There has been no better time to avail of the outdoors with our active TY learning experience.  We are now taking bookings for January and offering a discount of 10% on bookings made before the end of the year.  

Course Content

Our secondary school programme helps students assimilate the knowledge they have been acquiring in the classroom to real-life practice and to understand archaeology and its' relevance in today's world. It is an exciting and unique way to participate together in small class groups and develop critical thinking skills. We do this by helping students to understand the processes behind archaeology; from desktop research to an archaeological excavation, right up to when artefacts are curated and displayed within a museum.

Our hands-on method broadens the student's awareness in the field of archaeology in a dynamic way. We focus on a fully comprehensive programme for students where we use archaeology and its cross-disciplinary practices to allow students to carry out archaeological techniques and use field tools and instruments. The identification of archaeological monuments and research is very important within archaeology including how an archaeologist goes about setting up a site  - we cover these practices with the students whereby they learn how to fill out licence applications and use data entry and archiving techniques to include in the preliminary stages of the site setup. Excavation and its systematic methodology will be a major focus and students will excavate, plan, take coordinates / levels and record the archaeology. Analysing and the classification of objects helps archaeologists create a narrative for the site and with our help students learn how to interpret a site and make sense of their findings by taking part in all aspects of this exciting and important subject.

Our TY Programme supports the structure of the schools syllabus and is hugely beneficial to students To find out more on our educational programme you can visit our website by Clicking Here.


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Mayo Education Centre


Westport Road,
Co. Mayo.
Eircode: F23HX48


Local Buses and carparking available


Tel: (094) 9020700 
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