The Irish Archaeology Field School (IAFS) is Ireland’s leading provider of university accredited, site-based archaeological research and training. The ethos of the school is to provide an opportunity for students and enthusiasts of archaeology and anthropology to experience at first hand the excitement of archaeological excavation in a teaching environment. Excavations are undertaken within an established research framework led by a team of highly qualified and experienced archaeologists.
When you join our dig, you are part of the Blackfriary Community Archaeology Project in the town of Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland. The project is bringing to light the remains of this 13th century Dominican Friary and the friars and towns people who lived, worked and were buried here. Archaeological research includes investigating the site’s long history as a burial ground, which spans the period from establishment to of Catholic suppression during which the friary was the preferred cemetery for the still predominantly Catholic population of the town, though the church and buildings were in ruins. The Project aims include facilitating the local community transform the site into a valued amenity for the town.
The excavations are carried out with the support of the Meath Local Authorities, the Heritage Council, Archaeological Institute of America, and the Institute of Field Research.
The Blackfriary Community Archaeology Project does not earn academic credit. students requiring credit should apply for our credit programme through the Institute Research (www.ifrglobal.org/programs/europe/ireland-blackfriary).