Super Supervisors!

The summer of 2011 was the second season of excavations at Blackfriary; we invited students from the 2010 season IAFS excavations to return to us to supervise at Blackfriary site, working with site Director, Finola O’Carroll.

Five students returned and brought with them incredible enthusiasm for the site and endless energy for the archaeological work.

The supervisors, who spent four weeks each on site, at different times during the 15 week season; their work included supervision of hand excavation, assisting students in learning planning and survey techniques, site photography, management of the site archive including checking plans, registers, logging finds, carrying out on-site elements of post excavation work including first aid for finds and care and analysis of the burials. Each of the supervisors brought with them their own interests and experience, including expertise in osteoarchaeology, photography and archiving and have been an invaluable asset to the staff and students of the school.

Supervisor profiles

Emma LaganEmma is has completed two years of her undergraduate degree, undertaking a major in archaeology at Hofstra University in New York. She is currently undertaking a year abroad at Australian National University, Australia, studying archaeology. Emma has worked with the Center for Public Archaeology at Hofstra University, on a number of projects including carrying out post excavation analysis on the King Manor, Rock Hall, Joseph-Lloyd manor projects. In addition, Emma has volunteered on archaeological excavation at the 19th century Evans-Mumbower Mill site, for the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, Pennsylvania.

Megan BebeeMegan completed her undergraduate degree in 2011 at Plattsburgh State University New York, having undertaken a double major in Audio Production and Anthropology, with a minor in Archaeology. She is currently undertaking a Masters in Archaeology at University College Dublin. Her previous archaeological work includes volunteering with the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association, undertaking an archaeological excavation at the Underground Railroad Stephen Keese-Smith barn site, in Peru, New York.

Melissa ClarkMelissa is in her third year of an undergraduate degree at Ohio State University, majoring in archaeology. She is the Vice President of Anthropology in the OSU Undergraduate Anthropology Club and also a student member of the American Association for Physical Anthropology. Melissa has also worked as a student volunteer for faculty research including cataloguing of the Buffalo Skeletal Collection, Ohio River Valley Native Americans Project and is also a volunteer at the Center of Science and Industry, Columbus, Ohio.

Jessica PoulinJessica is in her third year of BA, completing an honours degree in anthropology, and a minor concentration in women’s studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Jessica is a member of the Dawson Anthropology Dept Skeleton Key club, and a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. She also undertook the Peer Teaching Program at Dawson College’s Academic Skills Centre and is a tutor in language and cognitive skills.

Siobhan SwiderskiSiobhan is in the final year of her undergraduate degree, undertaking a declared major in Anthropology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. Siobhan returned to complete her BA after several years in industry and has applied her extensive experience in management of the site archive at Blackfriary. She has a keen interest in osteoarchaeology, has undertaken preliminary post-excavation analysis of the burials from Blackfriary and will undertake skeletal analyses of the remains, for her final year dissertation in Forensic Anthropology.

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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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