Blackfriary Community Heritage Archaeology Project

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Location: Trim, County Meath, IE

Season: June 2, 2020 to July 31, 2020

Session Dates: BF Summer 1: June 2 to June 26, 2020 BF Summer 2: July 01 to July 31st, 2020 BF Intern 1, 2, 3: January 2020 to August 2020 (Minimum 6 weeks duration)

Application Deadline: April 24, 2020

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Blackfriary Archaeology Field School

Project Director:
Finola O' Carroll

Project Description:

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

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.

Academic Credit:
Details forthcoming credits offered by Details forthcoming . 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 .

Contact Information:

Finola O' Carroll

Blackfriary Archaeology Site


County Meath


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