The School of Irish Archaeology

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Curriculum Strands:
Story (History), Local Studies (History), Early people and ancient societies (History), Life, society, work and culture in the past (History), Continuity and change over time (History)
Counties catered for:
Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Meath, Westmeath
Classes catered for:
All Classes

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As Ireland’s only archaeology school, The School of Irish Archaeology are experienced leaders in the field of cultural heritage, and are passionate about connecting our past with our future generations. We bring history to life, through active-learning both inside and outside the classroom, providing tailor-made archaeology programmes and interactive workshops for primary, secondary and adult education. Our curriculum-based programmes offer children an opportunity to fully understand the fascinating subject of archaeology and its profession. We achieve this through a series of workshops with our flagship Big Dig activity being the most popular with schools. We work in an exciting and unique way helping children participate together in small class groups and develop critical thinking skills. Our aim is to allow children to understand the process behind archaeology through an exciting, fun and dynamic experience.

In-person school visits

Mobile Outdoor Archaeological Museum - THE BIG DIG. The workshop gives children the chance to experience what it is like to be an archaeologist by learning how to excavate the remains of a Viking house. As they dig through the site, participants will unearth Viking treasures and artefacts dating back 1,000 years. They will learn about the lives of our Viking ancestors as history is brought to life.

The team

Mark Kelly

Mark has worked as an archaeologist for the past 21 years and holds an MA in Archaeological Practice. He currently runs the award winning School of Irish Archaeology. He caters for all aged groups nationwide running archaeology camps, afterschool programmes, heritage events and festivals.


Anna Kohanoff

Anna has a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology and an MSc in Archaeological Science. She is passionate about exploring the past and in particular, her main focus is to disseminate her knowledge to the general public and wider community through educational workshops and outreach initiatives. She joined the School of Irish Archaeology team in 2020 and has been developing and delivering archaeological workshops for people of all ages. These are now being delivered at primary & secondary level schools, afterschools/home-school programmes, archaeology camps and courses in adult education.

Luke Moran

Luke studied Law and History in DCU and qualified with a BA in 2019. Luke is enthusiastic about political history within the modern era. Since taking up his position with the School of Irish Archaeology in 2018 he has developed a keen interest in teaching our younger generations about Irish archaeology and history. Luke has been delivering interactive and hands-on workshops at primary and secondary level, engaging with children in a variety of settings such as heritage events, archaeological camps and workshops.



  • "A wonderful experience for the whole school. It was a pleasure dealing with Mark and his team. I would recommend this workshop to other schools." - St Mary’s NS, Limerick
  • "We were very impressed with how the day went and the children absolutely loved it! All the boys were full of chat of the artefacts that they found!" - St Patrick's Boys' NS, Dublin
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  • "Children really enjoyed the ‘Big Dig’. They would not have learned as well without the hands on interaction and the time for talk/ discussion with the specialist team." - Nicker NS, Limerick
  • "An absolutely fantastic experience" - ST. Joseph's NS, Wicklow
  • "An interesting engaging activity for all pupils. Just great!" - Scoil Fhursa, Dublin

Additional Information

  • Provides in-person visits
  • Caters for special needs
  • Provides practical/hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

087 7556808