It’s been a busy spring, behind the scenes, for the 2011 Blackfriary season. The IAFS team has been flat out preparing what we are sure will be the most successful season yet! Trim Town Council have been working tirelessly to prepare the site, from mowing the meadow to providing running water on site for the archaeological team (the luxury!).
Meath County Council and Fáilte Ireland have been very supportive, and funded a delegation including Dr.Stephen Mandal and Finola O’Carroll, Archaeological Director at Blackfriary, and Loreto Guinan, Meath County Council Heritage Officer, to attend a gala held by the AIA in support of Irish archaeology and heritage. As part of the trip, the IAFS team were invited to visit a number of universities to speak to the Archaeology and Anthropology faculties about the Blackfriary project.
In Florida Atlantic University, they met with Professor Emeritus Jerald Kennedy Ph. D (RPA), who originally surveyed the Blackfriary site, back in 1989, reporting to the Office of Public Works. Prof. Kennedy has very kindly given us a copy of that report which you can now view (see pdf link)!
Stephen & Fin are just back from their adventures and will have more to share about their trip in the coming days.