2010 Field School – Black Friary Day 9 (18-Jun-10)

Picked up the students and heard how they’d faired on the field trip. All were united in wanting to kill Steve for leaving Killiney Hill until last, and marching them up it. But agreed that the pizza made up for it. So tired legs were the order of the morning.

Black Friary Geophysics undertaken in 1980s

We carried on with the geophysical survey, and set up planning grids to start to make sense of the walls we are now able to discern. All set to with a will, as a lot of lessons had to be learned on the way. But all could understand the concepts of planning, recording sections and profiles and got to grips with what a hachure is before the day was over.

For the afternoon I decided that a workshop on osteoarchaoelogy (human remains) was in order. We reviewed the report on the human remains found at Black Friary in 2008, and then observed some of the traumas evident on some of the skeletal remains. There is no doubt but that human remains exert a special fascination, and knowing that these young men had died and been buried in the cemetery of Black Friary over 700 years ago was particularly poignant.

We then said our farewells to five of our team who had finished up their course. Amazing how the group had gelled together so quickly and now was breaking up. But we will have more people joining us on Monday, including some local people who are interested in what we are doing.

Haymaking festival Trim

So, the weekend has finally arrived, and the students are all set for the Haymaking Festival in Trim. I wonder what shape they’ll be in on Monday.

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About blackfriary

The Irish Archaeology Field School (IAFS) is Ireland’s leading provider of university accredited, site based archaeological research and training. The Blackfriary research project is part of a community archaeology project, based in Trim, Co. Meath. Blackfriary is a 13th century Dominican abbey site; the archaeology includes the buried remains of the medieval abbey and graveyard. Students that participate in the excavation experience and practice all aspects of archaeological excavation processes, learning from experts and leaders in their field, and contribute to an established archaeological research project. IAFS have been excavating at Blackfriary since 2010; students participating have come from all over the works including the Australia, Canada, Europe and the USA.
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