The Irish Archaeology Field School will be hosting a fourth season of excavations at the 13th century Dominican Abbey of Blackfriary in the town of Trim, Co. Meath. This is a training excavation and students over the age of 18 will be taught excavation methods by a team of professional archaeologists.
This year, the project aims include distinguishing the layout of the site, investigating the burials identified in the church and exploring the relationship between the townspeople and the friary during the use of the site by the Dominicans.
As a community archaeology project, the idea is to create a space where community and visitors alike can explore heritage and use the site in a mutually beneficial and sustainable way.
There are three courses available this year: Introduction to Field Archaeology, Advanced Methods in Field Archaeology and Introduction to Bioarchaeology and Osteoarchaeology
Excavations run from May to August and costs cover module-based teaching. Although no previous experience is required for the introduction courses, students are expected to have basic fitness and a willingness to work.