Unearth your inner archaeologist


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If there is an archaeologist in you struggling to find their voice?

Costs: 1 day €125; 2 days €250; 3 days €360; 4 days €480; 5 days €550.  Discounts for extended participation and for groups

Join our crew for an extended stay and work alongside experts and university students in excavating the ruins of the Blackfriary.  You will learn the skills of an archaeologist alongside the students: recording, planning, drawing, surveying, interpreting etc.

The research excavations are being undertaken by our sister company, the Irish Archaeology Field School (IAFS), 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.

We carry out archaeological research excavation, with a strong teaching component, to allow students and visitors a first hand and unique experience of discovering the past. Students of the school will undertake all aspects of an archaeological excavation and discovery at the site and contribute to the community project.

The archaeology project is at the Black Friary, the site of a 13th century, late medieval, Dominican Friary in the town of Trim, Co. Meath. Trim is in the Boyne River valley; the valley is home to some of the most significant archaeological and cultural heritage sites in Ireland and Europe, including Brú na Boínne, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. See Discover Ireland for more information.

The project is a community based project, with a number of stakeholders and supporters, including the local authority, state bodies, and expert groups. The school is run by company directors Eur Geol Dr. Stephen Mandal MIAI and Finola O’Carroll MA MIAI MRPA. The teaching staff includes Finola O’Carroll and Dr. Rachel Scott MAIA. The excavation directors are supported by a number of highly trained and enthusiastic supervisors and a team of specialists covering everything from human and animal osteoarchaeology, to geology and architectural heritage.

Archaeology excavation is undertaken during summer months. The dates for the season 6 excavations in 2015 will be announced shortly.

The site has long been neglected, due in part to its status as a National Monument in Irish heritage legislation, and to the lack of resources available to the local authority to develop the site as a heritage resource. The community archaeology project is challenged with investigating the archaeological remains of the site, now mostly below ground, and working with the local community to create a space where community and visitors alike can explore heritage and use the site in a mutually beneficial and sustainable way.

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Research excavations are undertaken under license to the National Monuments Service, Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government (the Irish government body responsible for the protection of our heritage).