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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Ireland - Irish Archaeology Field School - 2014

Europe - Ireland - Irish Archaeology Field School - 2014

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2014-05-12
End Date 2014-08-15

Multiple Sessions yes
Multiple Session information

The field school will run on a rolling basis every Monday from May 12th - August 4th inclusive, the field school will finish on August 15th, 2014. Courses are 2 weeks in duration.

Archaeology Field School Location

Black Friary, Trim, Co.Meath, Ireland

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution


Academic Credit


Archaeology Field School Tuition

Courses include Introduction to Field Archaeology, Advanced Methods in Field Archaeology and Introduction to Bioarchaeology.

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Accommodation can be arranged through the IAFS upon request, this includes home stay and farm stay accommodation. Accommodation is not included in the tuition fees.

Archaeology Field School Travel
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

2 week course €1,150
4 week course €2,100
6 weeks course €3,000

Archaeology Field School Description

The Irish Archaeological Field School 2014 research programme will focus on archaeological excavations in Co. Meath, Ireland, from 12th May to 15th August 2014 at the Black Friary. Courses include Introduction to Field Archaeology, Advanced Methods in Field Archaeology and Introduction to Bioarchaeology.

The Black or Dominican Friary at Trim was founded by Geoffrey de Geneville, Lord of Trim, in 1263. The Dominican order had arrived relatively late into Ireland (1224) and founded religious houses in Irish medieval towns in the thirteenth century. Due to their relatively late arrival and the nature of their ministry they were primarily granted sites outside towns. The friary was of considerable importance and was the location for a meeting of Irish bishops which took place in 1291 and indicates the status of the institution.

The project is a community based project, with a number of stakeholders and supporters, including the local authority, state bodies, and expert groups. The field school is closely tied to its CRM sister company, CRDS Ltd., and Cultural Tourism Ireland (cultural heritage experiences). The school is run by company directors Eur Geol Dr. Stephen Mandal MIAI and Finola O’Carroll MA MIAI MRPA. The teaching staff includes Finola O’Carroll, Dr. Rachel Scott MAIA, and Dr. Conor Brady MIAI. The excavation directors are supported by a number of highly trained and enthusiastic supervisors and a team of specialists covering everything from human and animal osteoarchaeology, to geology and architectural heritage.

2014 will be the fifth field season at the Black Friary.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Archaeology, medieval archaeology, bioarchaeology

Time Period

12th - 18th century

How is the project area accessed each day

The site is located within the town of Trim and is within walking distance of most accommodations.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

Monday - Friday, 9.30am -5.30pm.

There will be one field trip to a site of archaeological/historical importance per week.

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
Is there a professional certification for this field school

RPA certified

Directors and Instructors

Finola O'Carroll, Irish Archaeology Field School

Dr Stephen Mandal, Irish Archaeology Field School

Dr Rachel Scott, DePaul University

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

You will learn tried and tested archaeological techniques with a very heavy emphasis on robust and rigorous recording methodologies, both paper- and computer-based, principles and practice of planning and site photography, and all methods of excavation. We will also provide you with an introduction to more sophisticated techniques as part of the course, including GPS topographical survey, geophysics, post-excavation analysis and more

On rain days will there be lab work?

Excavation is carried out in all weather conditions, cover will be provided during rain conditions

Will there be additional organized activities?

There will be one field trip per week to a site of archaeological or historical importance. A cultural rafting experience down the river Boyne will also be supplied.

Will there be additional organized activities?

Weekends are free for students to explore Ireland.

Is travel restriced during free time?


Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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