It’s been an eventful number of weeks since our last post; we are busy preparing for our 2013 field season, and working hard to spread the word about the Blackfriary Archaeology Community Project. It has helped that the project and Trim has gotten fantastic media coverage lately due to Keith Bellows and his recent book for National Geographic, 100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life. In a recent interview with CNN travel, he listed the Blackfriary Project in his Top Ten. You can imagine the excitement here, to know that we have been listed along side such iconic sites as the Galapagos and the Grand Canyon, as a place to broaden ones cultural horizons.
The Lonely Planet and BBC History Mag are also recommending Meath for your holiday hit list, and as always, we can provide unrivaled access to experts and places (both known and hidden gems)!
In the latest of our many awards and accolades, we have been included in Keith Bellows (VP of National Geographic and Editor in Chief of the NG Travel Magazine) book 100 Places that can change your child’s life read more…
One of the highlights of our recent trip to the USA was the opportunity to present a seminar about our public archaeology project at the Blackfriary, Trim, to the museum faculty. I was kindly invited by Dr Laurie Burgess, Associate Chair of the Department of Anthropology, and we were blown away by the welcome we received, both at the talk and in giving of their time so generously afterwards. Laurie showed us the hidden depth of the museum, and Prof Dennis Stanford showed us the amazing pre-historic collections.
We were delighted to find that the Smithsonian is home to many Irish stone axeheads, and I will be returning next year to record and hopefully publish them.