Topic ID #37723 - posted 12/1/2016 1:35 PM

Ireland: Blackfriary Field School Summer 2017 - Academic Credit through UCLA


Project Overview

The Blackfriary 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, County Meath, Ireland. This project focuses on the remains of the Black Friary, and has three primary components: excavation of the friary buildings, community archaeology and bioarchaeology. Excavation of the friary buildings aims to determine their scope and layout as well as the associated infrastructure, such as drains, water management features and gardens. By ascertaining who was buried at the Black Friary, where they were buried and when, the bioarchaeological research will inform our understanding of the long-term relationship between the local townspeople and the friary.

Program Director: Dr. Denis Shine, Ms. Fiona O'Carroll, and Dr. Stephen Mandal  
Course Dates: 
    Session 1: 
June 11-July 8, 2017
    Session 2:
 July 9-August 5, 2017

Application Deadline:
    Session 1: June 9, 2017
    Session 2: July 7, 2017

Tuition: $4,560
Credit: 12 UCLA credit units

Accommodations: Students will be housed in Home Stay accommodation in the town of Trim, Co. Meath. Home Stay students live with local families, and experience true home life in provincial Ireland. Students are to keep the accommodation clean and tidy at all times and to be respectful towards their Home Stay family and roommates. Students will walk to and from the site daily (depending on the location of the Home Stay, up to a 35-minute walk). Breakfast and dinner will be provided along with a packed lunch from Monday to Friday. Meals are not provided at weekends, and students are encouraged to avail of their free time and explore Ireland. Please note that it is not possible to accommodate students arriving early, or staying on after the end date of the program; there are, however, other accommodation options available locally. Local transfers are not included.

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