Castles in Communities


Check out the incredible new article the current Archaeology Ireland magazine, in news stands now!


Truly wonderful video about our program in Ireland put together by the village of Ballintober and the County of Roscommon. It really explains everything you need to know about the program! Thanks to all involved.



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Welcome to the main source of information about the 2019 Castles in Communities Project!

This is an Ireland Archaeological Field School run by the Foothill College Anthropology program running from July 5 to August 1. We call ourselves the Castles in Communities Project, which is beginning its fifth of many field seasons in County Roscommon, Ireland. For the past 15 years our group of anthropologists has trained over 400 students in places like Ecuador and Belize. The move to Ireland has been incredible. People exhibit unparalleled warmth and the places we visit are just amazing. We are excited to share it all with you!

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Dr. Kathryn Maurer

Department of Anthropology

Foothill College

12345 El Monte Road

Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

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Castles in Communities is an archaeological/anthropological research Field School program centered on the rural Irish village of Ballintober and the keepless Castle positioned prominently in its midst.

During four weeks, students will be immersed in the daily rhythm of rural Ireland while taking part in archaeological investigations of its medieval origins. This is a field learning program, where students gain understanding about the past by directly participating in an academic research project. Students will learn basic field techniques of archaeology, including excavation, survey and laboratory analysis. This hands-on training is combined with coursework in archaeological theory and Irish history. In this interactive manner, students will be exposed to the fundamental processes of social science research that includes working within a research design, collecting data, interpreting data, and situating findings in a broader statement about the significance of human behavior. The Castles in Communities Archaeological Project is a multi-year program that works closely with the Irish community in utilizing its results to encourage ongoing efforts for the preservation and conservation of its local history.

2019 Directors Team

This coming season we are planning to be back in full force with our complete directors team:

  • Siobhan Boyd
  • Niall Brady
  • Sam Connell
  • Dan Cearley
  • Chad Gifford
  • Ana Lucia Gonzalez
  • Kathryn Maurer