2010 Field Season – Black Friary Day 12 (23-Jun-10)


Friary Wall

On Wednesday we identified and planned the layer underlying the sod in our two cuttings. Both are mortar rich with stones, and clearly derive from the tumble/demolition levels of the walls. The sheer scale of the site is really becoming apparent as the sunshine causes the grass to die back, and the resistivity survey is beginning to show some great results.

Planning in 3-D!

Planning skills have picked up, and the students are learning the tricks of the planning frame, and ‘eyeing in’ the detail. Our onsite archive has been licked into shape by Emma, and the feature sheets, wall sheets, plan, photo and context registers are all in place. The day was cloudy for a bit, so much so that there was some optimistic talk of rain that would keep the dust and pollen down. Not the Irish summer we’ve had for the last three years!!

Where's the wall gone?

Some of the students got a look at a small excavation that is happening down at Watergate Street, where a medieval cobbled surface has been revealed in the course of pipe-laying. A smashed pot was recovered and was a useful adjunct to learning how to piece together a broken pot. A proper 3D jigsaw, with no picture on the lid.


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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