Location: Trim, Ireland
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
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full program
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.