Scope of excavations

The excavations at the 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.

2010 Excavations (Season 1)

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.

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; this informed the location of the cuttings (1 & 2).

Two cuttings were opened during this season (1 & 2). 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

2011 Excavations (Season 2) – forthcoming