Topic ID #30388 - posted 12/17/2013 3:26 PM

Ireland- Black Friary Field School




Dates: June 22 - July 26, 2014

Project Description: The Black Friary community archaeology project is a unique, hands-on opportunity for students to excavate the buried remains of a 13th century Dominican friary in the town of Trim. Founded in 1263 CE, the friary was the focus of political and ecclesiastical assembly during the late medieval period. In the post-medieval period, the friary buildings were dismantled but the place itself retained significance locally and continued in use as a burial ground. This project is focused on the excavation of the remains of the friary, and has three research components. For 2014, we will continue to investigate the scope and layout of the friary buildings, and associated infrastructure. We will also explore mortuary contexts so we may determine the area and extent of the cemetery and of burials within the area of the church and cloister. This is a community archaeology project and one of our principle goals is to engage the local people of Trim with this project. We will hold community open days, visits to the sites from both local groups and tourists, school visits and the participation of local volunteers on site. Students should expect that interaction between members of the public and the excavation environment is an evolving one, as local people re-assess their own relationship with a site and its significance. For a short video of this program, click here


Academic Credits: Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units) through Connecticut College.

Total Cost: $ 5,250

Accommodations: Students will be housed in shared accommodation, in self-catering chalets at the Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim, Co. Meath. Students will walk to and from the site daily, a distance of 1.6 miles (35 min walk). Students are required to keep the accommodation clean and tidy at all times, and to be respectful towards their room-mates.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the accommodation, and a packed lunch will be provided for on-site. Meals are provided throughout the week. Students are responsible for their weekend meals and are encouraged to avail of their free time and explore Ireland. Specialized diets (vegan, kosher, gluten-free, etc.) may be impossible to satisfy in this location.

Travel Information: Students will be met at Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim, County Meath on June 22 at 6:00pm. Trim is a short distance from Dublin and is served by a range of public transportation.  Directions and travel information from Dublin will be issued to all enrolled students.

If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email to the project director.  Local cell phone numbers and other emergency contact information will be provided to all enrolled students.

Visa Requirements: US Citizens do not need a visa for tourist or business stays of up to three month in Ireland. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of your stay. For more information, please visit the US State Department Travel Advice page.

Health: For specific information regarding travel health issues pertinent to travel in Ireland, consult with the Centers for Disease Control website.

Project Directors and Contact Information: Dr. Stephen Mandal, Irish Archaeology Field School (; Ms. Finola O’Carroll, Irish Archaeology Field School; on behalf of the National Monument Service, Department of Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht (; Dr. Rachel Scott, DePaul University

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