Blackfriary 2010 (Season 1) Report

This interim report details the first season of excavation at Black Friary, Blackfriary townland in Trim Co, Meath. The season ran in two sessions, one during June which focused on survey, geophysical work and preliminary clean back of areas containing tumbled masonry, and the second in August. The excavations at Black Friary, a Dominican Friary founded in 1263, which is in the ownership of the local authority and is a monument protected by Preservation Order (No. 4 of 1972) under the National Monuments Acts, were carried out under ministerial consent C420 issued to Trim Town Council and Finola O’Carroll. An excavation recording number E4127 was issued by theNationalMuseumfor recording to the excavations director and author of this report, Finola O’Carroll.

Two surveys were carried out prior to any excavations taking place. A geophysical survey of the site was undertaken by Ian Elliott of IGAS Ltd over the entire site under detection Registration No. R223. The results of this work, which were somewhat hampered by the amount of metalliferous debris scattered over the site as a result of periodic episodes of illegal dumping, are reported on separately.

A topographical survey was carried out by Niall Lynch for IAFS Ltd which covered approximately 60% of the area occupied by the buildings of the Friary. This showed quite clearly that the remains of the Friary buildings can be discerned sub-surface and informed the placement of the cuttings.

Two cuttings were opened during this season. Both were centred on visible pieces of collapsed masonry and were adjacent and within what is believed to be the church. The remains of in situ walls were uncovered, believed to form part of a belfry tower adjoining the church on its north side. There is a considerable overburden of destruction layers containing modern and post-medieval glass and ceramics. Fragments of medieval pottery, some iron objects, small pieces of plaster some of which had traces of paint and two fragments of stained glass were also recovered. ……Read more here 🙂 Black Friary 2010 Interim Report C420


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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