Topic ID #33692 - posted 9/24/2014 8:34 AM

Irish Archaeology Field School: Medieval Ireland Research Excavations 2016


The Irish Archaeological Field School 2016 summer research programme will focus on archaeological excavations in the town of Trim, County Meath, Ireland; excavations will be undertaken at the Black Friary from May 23 to August 12 2016.

The Black Friary was once an influential and thriving religious house in the then Anglo-Norman governing seat in Ireland. The site was almost completely razed to the ground as a result of Henry VIII’s Act of Dissolution, however ongoing investigation is slowly revealing the extent of the survival of the below ground remains including cemeteries and later unsanctioned burials. This greatly adds to our understanding of the significance of this site both during is lifetime as a friary, and the use of the site by the native populations following its destruction.

While much work has been carried out to date, we are only at the tip or the ‘archaeological iceberg’. Plans for the upcoming summer 2016 investigation include expanding on the excavation area to the north of the limits of the known buildings to explore the northern range, where a potential second or outer precinct may be present, and to further explore the use of the site by the local Catholic population as an expression of native resistance in Post-Dissolution Ireland.

Students are invited to apply to the school to undertake a number of field archaeology courses including Introduction to Field Archaeology, Advanced Methods in Field Archaeology and Introduction to Bioarchaeology. Credit courses are available through our partner the Institute for Field Research (Session I: Jun 5-Jul 2; Session II: Jul 10-Aug 6.)

The Irish Archaeology Field School is Ireland’s leading provider of site based archaeological research and training.  Our mission is to provide an opportunity for students of archaeology and anthropology to experience at first hand archaeological excavation in a teaching environment. Excavations are undertaken within an established research framework led by a team of highly qualified and experienced archaeologists.

 Season 2016 dates:

May 23 to August 12 2016

The minimum length of stay is 2 weeks

The summer application deadline is April 15 2016

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