In 2014 The Irish Archaeology Field School will be hosting a fifth season of excavations at the 13th century Dominican Abbey of Blackfriary in the town of Trim, Co. Meath. This is a research and training excavation and students over the age of 18 will be taught excavation methods by a team of professional archaeologists.
The research aims for the project include investigation of the extent of the friary precinct and associated buildings, the extent and density of burials on the site including contemporary late medieval burials, and later intrusive adult and child burials. Students will also participate in the community aspect of the project.
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: Introduction to Field Archaeology, Advanced Methods in Field Archaeology and Introduction to Bioarchaeology and Osteoarchaeology. Academic credit can be earned through our partners in the Institute of Field Research.
Excavations run from May to August and costs cover course-based teaching. Although no previous experience is required for the introduction course, some previous experience is required for the Advanced Methods and Bioarchaeology courses. All students are expected to have basic fitness and a willingness to work.
A range of accommodation is available locally including self catering and homestay.
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