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 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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