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Location: Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland
Season: May 3, 2021 to August 31, 2021
Session Dates: BF Summer 1: May 4th - May 28th 2021; June 1st to June 25th 2021; BF Summer 2: June 30th to July 30th, 2021 BF Intern 1, 2, 3: May to August 2021 (Minimum 6 weeks duration)
Application Deadline: March 31, 2021
Deadline Type: Rolling
Blackfriary Archaeology Field School
Finola O' Carroll
We are a dedicated teaching and research field school, committed to providing the best training in archaeological field methods within a public archaeology/community archaeology framework. We make sure that everyone understands our reasons for researching and digging this exceptional site and is trained in all aspects of the excavation. Blackfriary is a community owned site, so by taking part in the ongoing re-imagining of this formerly unloved space, project participants are helping protect and preserve this hugely important part of the heritage of Trim into the future. For those who come to us it’s a wonderful chance to be immersed in Irish life and culture while forging lifelong friendships.
Excavations began in 2010 under the direction of Finola O’Carroll, Principal Investigator. In 2012 project Bioarchaeologist Dr. Rachel Scott began exploring the burial record at the site. We are excavating the remains of a Medieval Dominican Friary to analyse how the changing patterns of its patronage and use are interwoven with the known history of the town.
Period(s) of Occupation: Medieval, Post-Medieval, Early Modern.
Bioarchaeology, Architectural Heritage, Medieval Artefacts, Survey, Conservation.
Project Size: 25-49 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 Weeks
Minimum Age: 18
Experience Required: None for BF Summer 1 and BF Summer 2. 4 weeks field or lab experience for BF Intern 1, 2 and 3.
Room and Board Arrangements:
Homestay Accommodation within the town of Trim with a local family. Walking distance to the site and to all town amenities. All meals including a packed lunch for site each day provided. Cost: Included in course costs.
Details forthcoming credits offered by Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland . Tuition is BF Summer 1: €3250 BF Summer 2: €3950 BF Intern 1, 2, 3: €2850 for 6 weeks; €375 per week for each additional week .
Finola O Carroll
Blackfriary Archaeology Field School, Greenanstown, Stamullen, Co. Meath
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