2011 Season; preparation, parties, publication

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.

Kennedy, J 1989. Archaeological Survey of the Blackfrairy Site. Florida Atlantic University


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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One Response to 2011 Season; preparation, parties, publication

  1. Conor Brady says:

    Congratulations on the success of your recent trip. This could, and should, lead to much bigger and better things. I look forward to following the coming season’s activities in the Boyne Valley.

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