Welcome to the Irish Archaeology Field School website

The Irish Archaeology Field School welcomes you to Blackfriary Community Archaeology Project, in the town of Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland. When you join our dig, you are part of a project which is bringing to light the remains of this 13th century Dominican Friary and the friars and townspeople who lived, worked and were buried here, and also help the local community transform the site into a valued amenity for the town. The excavations are carried out with the support of the Town Council, as the site is in their ownership, and there is great interest locally in our work.

  • Students can apply directly through the IAFS or through our academic partners the Institute of Field Research, depending on your interest and student needs. For more information, click here or check out our course catalogue.
  • If you are not a student, but are an enthusiast who wishes to experience the wonder of an archaeological site, click here to enquire through our sister company, Cultural Tourism Ireland
  • If you are unsure of the options and would appreciate some help, click here to send us general enquiry.
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However you apply, you will be trained in excavation methods by a team of professional archaeologists who have years of experience in both research and cultural resource management. The methods taught and the systems used have been honed by our experience in the excavation of many significant archaeological sites in Ireland over the past 15 years.

To date several of our students have gone on to carry out undergraduate and graduate research on aspects of the Black Friary project as part of their own studies, and we are delighted that this work is opening research opportunities and experience to them.