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The Blackfriary Community Archaeology Project, Ireland

Location: Blackfriary, Ireland

June 9, 2013 to August 17, 2013

Session dates: 
TWO SESSIONS: Session I: June 9-July 13 and Session II: July 14-August 17

Application Deadline: 
Monday, July 1, 2013

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Institute for Field Research, Irish Archaeology Field School, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Connecticut College

Project Director:

Dr. Stephen Mandal, Irish Archaeology Field School, Dr. Conor Brady, Dundalk Institute of Technology

Project Description

The excavations take place at a 13th century Dominican friary in Trim, Co. Meath. The Blackfriary was the third religious house built in Trim in the 12th - 13th centuries. During the 16th century, the friary fell into disrepair following the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII. In the 18th century, the building was sold as a live quarry, servicing a building boom in the town. In its construction and destruction, the friary reflects the growth and decline, and modern development of the town of Trim. The Blackfriary Project is a community based research and teaching excavation, including mortuary excavations. The project includes an outreach and education program developed in conjunction with the Blackfriary Project Committee, the Town Council, and the Heritage Office in Meath County Council.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Entire duration of field school

Minimum age: 
18 years old

Experience required: 
No prior experience required

Room and Board Arrangements

Students will reside in a local hostel accommodation in the town of Trim, a 30 min. daily walk from the excavation site (Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim). Staff members will be staying with the students for the duration of their stay, with responsibility to ensure that the accommodation maintains an adequate standard.
Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the accommodation site, and a packed lunch will be provided for.
Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs, as well as any medical or physical conditions. We will advise you accordingly. The project is used to catering for vegetarians, those with gluten intolerance etc.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Connecticut College
Number of credits offered 8 semester credit units


Contact Information
Ran Boytner
1855 Industrial Street Unit 106
Los Angeles
United States