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.

To help us guide you, are you?……

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  1. An undergraduate or recent post-graduate seeking transferable US semester credits (8), then click here to join our programme through our partnership with the IFR.
  2. A third level student seeking archaeological training and / or experience (and are not based in an Irish university), who either does not require credit, or can obtain credits through their home institution, then click here to apply through our direct application process for international students.
  3. An Irish based university student who wishes to participate in the project, then click here to apply through our direct application process for Irish based students.
  4. An enthusiast who wishes to experience the wonder of an archaeological site, click here to enquire through our sister company, Cultural Tourism Ireland.
  5. Unsure of what you are(!), and would appreciate some help, click here to send us general enquiry.

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.