2010 Field School – Black Friary Day 3 (10-Jun-10)

The Castle and Yellow Steeple from St Patricks


Thursday has been designated as field trip day for the Field School, so we went briefly to the site at Black Friary to check on the status of our grid pegs, for fear that they would have been mowed flat by the tractor mower. We brought bamboos and hazard tape and marked out all the survivors, luckily the vast majority of those we had put in.

Next we took a short walk to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This is the earliest religious foundation in Trim, and has effectively been the parish church since the 6th century or so! Mark Kelly, a tutor on the field school last year is doing his MA on the use of space within and around St. Patrick’s, and was there with Niall Lynch, surveyor, planning in all the grave markers. They gave the students a short talk on the ongoing work, and Niall demonstrated how to set-up the total station. Then we got the keys to the belfry and the church and went inside to view the present church, a 19th century building having looked at the 14th century remains outside, and then we climbed the 88 steps (according to Emma’s count) of the belfry itself. The view from the top was spectacular, all Trim and beyond at our feet. We could see the progress the mower was making at Black Friary too.

The tractor mower is making progress on site

Lunch over, we got in the mini-bus and headed out to Tara. There the girls had a safety induction from Bairbre Mullee, and then we headed up the hill. The visitor centre was open, so we went in to view the audio-visual display, which successfully set the scene for walking over the many monuments on the hill itself. The sun shone and the though the day was a little misty, the views from the hilltop made it clear why it had been chosen as a special place back at the time of the first farmers.

Aerial View of the Hill of Tara

An essential visit to the gift shop over, we headed off, another day over.


About Irish Archaeology Field School

The Irish Archaeology Field School (IAFS) is Ireland’s leading provider of university accredited, site based archaeological research and training. Our archaeological and heritage programs include research projects in a number of locations in Ireland, including in Co. Wexford and Co. Offaly (with satellite schools frequently undertaken elsewhere). We provide credited and uncredited programs (and internships) for novice and experienced students, and also specialise in the preparation of purpose-built faculty led programs incorporating excavation, historical research, remote sensing, non-invasive survey, ground investigation, landscape assessment etc. Whilst our programs are excavation-centered and aimed primarily at students of archaeology, anthropology and history, courses are open to all, and are guaranteed to give you an enriching and thoroughly worthwhile study abroad adventure.
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One Response to 2010 Field School – Black Friary Day 3 (10-Jun-10)

  1. anarchaeologist says:

    There the girls had a safety induction… Jaysus. What’s going on here then?!

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