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Blackfriary Community Archaeology Project

Location: Trim, Ireland

June 22, 2014 to July 26, 2014

Session dates: 
Single session

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, June 15, 2014

Deadline Type: 

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



DePaul University, Irish Archaeology Field School & Institute for Field Research

Project Director:

Dr. Stephen Mandal, Irish Archaeology Field School; Dr. Rachel Scott, DePaul University

Project Description

The Black Friary community archaeology project is a unique, hands-on opportunity for students to excavate the buried remains of a 13th century Dominican friary in the town of Trim. Founded in 1263 CE, the friary was the focus of political and ecclesiastical assembly during the late medieval period.  In the post-medieval period, the friary buildings were dismantled but the place itself retained significance locally and continued in use as a burial ground.  This project is focused on the excavation of the remains of the friary, and has three research components.  For 2014, we will continue to investigate the scope and layout of the friary buildings, and associated infrastructure.  We will also explore mortuary contexts so we may determine the area and extent of the cemetery and of burials within the area of the church and cloister.  This is a community archaeology project and one of our principle goals is to engage the local people of Trim with this project.  We will hold community open days, visits to the sites from both local groups and tourists, school visits and the participation of local volunteers on site. Students should expect that interaction between members of the public and the excavation environment is an evolving one, as local people re-assess their own relationship with a site and its significance.

Period(s) of Occupation: Late Medieval Period

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full program

Minimum age: 
18 years old

Experience required: 
No previous experience is required

Room and Board Arrangements

Students will be housed in shared accommodation, in self-catering chalets at the Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim, Co. Meath.  Students will walk to and from the site daily, a distance of 1.6 miles (35 min walk). Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the accommodation, and a packed lunch will be provided for on-site.  Students are required to keep the accommodation clean and tidy at all times, and to be respectful towards their room-mates. Meals are provided throughout the week.  Students are responsible for their weekend meals and are encouraged to avail of their free time and explore Ireland.

All room and board costs are included in tuition (excluding weekend meals)

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Connecticut College
Number of credits offered 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units)


Contact Information
Institute for Field Research
1855 Industrial St. 106
Los Angeles
United States
424 226-6130
Recommended Bibliography: 
O’Carroll, F. 2011. Interim report: Archaeological Excavations at the Black Friary. {Web
Museum of London 1990, Archaeological Site Manual, 2nd Ed., Museum of London, London.
Michael Potterton. Archaeology Ireland, Heritage Guide No. 47: Trim in the Middle Ages: A
Market Town on the River Boyne (Dec., 2009), pp. 1-6. Wordwell. Bray. Article Stable URL:
Green, K. and Moore, T. 2010, Archaeology, an Introduction, 5th Ed., Routledge, Oxford, Chapter 3, Sections 3.3-3.5
Buckely, L. et. al. 2004. The Treatment of Human Remains: Technical Paper for Archaeologists
(2nd Ed). Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland. Dublin.