2010 Field School – Black Friary Day 11 (22-Jun-10)

Still some clearance to do!

Tuesday morning bright and early, we were joined by Sam from Australia, bringing our crew of Canadians, Australians Irish and Americans to thirteen. We have been joined by three local volunteers, who, despite living in Trim admitted to having never been up the belfry tower of St. Patrick’s. So off they went with some others who wanted to see the view from the top, though not all made it up!

Hard at work

Planning and photography of the cleaned up bits of wall and surroundings continued apace. Meanwhile Ian got busy with the resistivity meter, and commandeered some assistance from the students.

Niall sets up the topographical survey

Niall arrived with the GPS to start into a topographical survey of the site, so an introduction to the basic principles and a practical demonstration followed.

The sun shines

It’s clearly not all work though, and lots of comments about Guinness fudge, ‘Michael’, bikinis and the need to even up the tans gave some clue to what else was happening outside of the site! Definitely newly learned card-playing skills are also going to be brought back home, as well as archaeological field skills.

More sunshine!


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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