2010 Field School – Black Friary Day 10 (21-Jun-10)


Farmers Tan - Black Friary style

Yesteray was hot, by Irish standards, but today, the longest day in the year, was to be hotter still. Picked up our group, including three new students from the states and three new volunteers from Trim and we resumed our planning, and the remote sensing work that Ian has been doing. Today he brought along the resistivity meter and got himself a team of workers to take it in turns to cover an area of the cemetery (we hope that that’s where it is) and the south side of the what we believe is the church. Good progress was made, and we look forward to the results.

Meanwhile the rest of the team got on with planning the now beautifully cleaned walls which stand proud of the surrounding grass. This was quite tricky work, trying to reduce to two dimensions three lumps of masonry (one pretty massive), and it entailed some creative use of a planning frame, re-bar and one of the tripods for the level-head. Nothing daunted though, the teams set to with a will, having slathered on the sunscreen, and be-moaning their nicely developing farmer’s tans.

Old style planning

Another good day’s work.


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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