Ireland Blackfriary Community Heritage and Archaeology Project

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Location: Trim, IE

Season: June 18, 2018 to July 29, 2018

Session Dates: July 2 - 26 four week field methods, bioarchaeology, survey and post-excavation June 18th, and every week thereafter until July 29th: Introduction to field methods June 18th, and every week thereafter until July 29th, advanced course in field methods and post-excavation May 21st onwards, internships, minimum stay, 6 weeks

Application Deadline: April 28, 2017

Deadline Type: Contact for details


Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:
This project is an RPA certified field school

Project Director:
Finola O'Carroll MA, MRPA; Dr. Rachel Scott, MAIA (Bioarchaeology P.I. De Paul University);

Project Description:

The Blackfriary Archaeological Field School 2018 summer research programme will focus on archaeological excavations in Co. Meath, Ireland; excavations will be undertaken at the Black Friary (Trim) from 18th June to 27th July 2018. The Black Friary was once an influential and thriving religious (Dominican) house in the then Anglo-Norman Lordship of Trim. The site was almost completely razed to the ground in the 18th century, however ongoing investigation is slowly revealing the extent of the survival of the below ground remains including cemeteries and later unsanctioned burials. This greatly adds to our understanding of the significance of this site both during its lifetime as a friary, and the use of the site by the native populations following its destruction. While much work has been carried out to date, we are only at the tip of the ‘archaeological iceberg’. Plans for the upcoming 2018 investigations include extending into the area of the monastic gardens to assess the subsistence strategies of the community. Having confirmed the presence of a second or outer cloister to the north of the first we now know that this friary was one of the largest in Ireland. We will continue to further explore the use of the site by the local Catholic population as an expression of native resistance in Post-Dissolution Ireland. Students are invited to apply to the school to undertake a number of field archaeology courses including Introduction to Field Archaeology, Advanced Methods in Field Archaeology and Introduction to Bioarchaeology.


Period(s) of Occupation: Medieval, late medieval, early modern






Project size: 

1-24 participants


Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks


Minimum age: 




Experience required: 

No experience required – see pre-requisites for the Advance Methods and Bioarchaeology course. Courses aimed at university students and post-graduates/graduates.


Room and Board Arrangements

Room and Board Arrangements only included in IFR credit programme. Students otherwise arrang

Period(s) of Occupation: Medieval, late medieval, early modern

Since 2010 students at the Blackfriary Archaeology Field School have taken part in a wide range of expert led research focused courses which introduce them to practical field methods, and build on knowledge and experience gained in the classroom in a friendly and supportive environment. Courses are ideal for students of anthropology, archaeology, history, medieval studies, bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, Irish studies and community archaeology. Whatever you are studying, you will engage in a thoroughly rewarding and culturally enriching study abroad experience that will take you out of your comfort zone and greatly enhance your CV.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Two weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No experience for introductory courses. Two weeks field or lab experience for advanced. See course details for prerequisites.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Students are accommodated in homestay with local families, where they have their own room, full board and are within walking distance of the site. Those wishing to make their own arrangements may do so, and there are a number of options, hotels, self-catering and one hostel. Cost: Tuition starts at €1180, please see for details

Contact Information:

Laura Corrway






Phone: 876849964

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