Thursday, October 31, 2013

Spend the Summer on an Archaeological Dig in Ireland and Get Internship Credit

The Blackfriary Community Archaeology Project, based at the site of a 13th century Dominican friary (the Black Friary), attracts students and scholars from all over the world (including USA, Canada, Australia, Europe and Ireland) to the medieval town of Trim each year. The school is also engaged in research at a number of other significant sites such as the Hill of Tara (Rath Maeve) and the Hill of Slane.

We provide expert led site based training and experience in archaeology. We currently run three courses in field archaeology, post-excavation and archaeological reporting and bioarchaeology.

The school has been endorsed by the Archaeological Institute of America and has been awarded funding under the Institute's Site Preservation Program.  Our courses are also certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists.

The fourth season of excavation at Blackfriary has just come to an end and during this time we also ran a conference which focussed on the site itself and related research which was attended by all students present at the time. We actively encourage students to engage in research on the site, and several students have undertaken undergraduate and postgraduate theses on aspects as wide ranging as osteoarchaeology and the sourcing of medieval stone masonry.

The fifth season at the Blackfriary will run from May 12th – August 15th, 2014.  We would greatly appreciate if you could bring our school to the attention of any of your students who might be interested in gaining experience at an internationally recognized field school during the summer of 2014. The school would be of particular relevance to students interested in Irish culture and heritage and/or in community archaeology.

Trim is a wonderful medieval town, home to the largest and best preserved Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. It provides a safe, small town welcome to students, with a range of accommodation options available including home-stay. The town is located on the River Boyne, a short trip from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne (Newgrange, Knowth & Dowth). Participation in the field school includes a number of field trips to explore the archaeology, history and culture of this amazing outdoor classroom.

For more information, please visit the website or contact Finola O'Carroll (

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