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Excavation, Education and Experience: Archaeology at Ferrycarrig

This year we formalised a really exciting project that has long been in the making, a collaborative approach to research and education with biggest heritage park in Ireland, the Irish National Heritage Park. This project will roll into one our … Continue reading

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Of pots and layers: what stratigraphy and pottery can tell us

At the Black Friary, our pottery story tells us that the site was in use from the medieval period through to the early post- medieval period, and into the eighteenth century.Here, Black Friary Director and PI, Finola O’Carroll tells us … Continue reading

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Rock and Role of the Geoarchaeologist

IAFS Director Dr Stephen Mandal describes the role of the geologist in archaeological research at the Blackfriary. As a geoarchaeologist one of my main research interests is in the use of stone in the archaeological record as a source for … Continue reading

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Making sense of the un-excavated bits: Geophysical survey at the Black Friary

Ever wondered how archaeologists decide where to dig? One method is geophysical survey, which shows magnetic and electromagnetic changes underground…and sometimes above ground. Geophysical survey is a useful tool for archaeology and many other fields as it is a non-invasive … Continue reading

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Stained glass – from discovery to conservation

Since 2015, the IAFS has been collaborating with Cardiff University Conservation department, on the conservation of medieval stained glass from the Black Friary excavations. The stained glass, we believe, was installed during original 13th century construction phase of the friary. … Continue reading

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Using 3D Lasers in Archaeology: Trim Castle project

3D Digital Scanning at Trim Castle: OPW Archaeology Talk On Thursday June 30th, the OPW office in Trim will host a presentation on the current 3Dlaser scanning project at the National Monument sites of Trim Castle and the Black Friary, … Continue reading

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Winter 2016: Lauren reports – last post from our intrepid intern

In the eleventh – and final – in a series of weekly blogs, IAFS/Learn intern Lauren Nofi reports on the last week of her internship. This is what Lauren looks like underneath her hat and coat and 20 layers – … Continue reading

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Winter 2016: Lauren reports – numbering, labelling and digitising

In the tenth (and penultimate) in a series of weekly blogs, IAFS/Learn intern Lauren Nofi reports on the progress in the post-excavation laboratory, looking at ceramics and the process of data entry: Hey hey, this week was all about finishing … Continue reading

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Winter 2016: Lauren reports – metal artefacts

The ninth in a series of weekly blogs, IAFS/Learn intern Lauren Nofi reports on the progress in the post-excavation laboratory, looking at the collection of metal objects. Hello, hello, hello! This week we’ve been continuing in post-ex, cataloguing and sorting … Continue reading

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Winter 2016: Lauren reports – more PEX!

In the eighth in a series of weekly blogs, IAFS/Learn intern Lauren Nofi reports on the progress in the post-excavation laboratory. Hello, all! Briefer blog this week as we are still washing in post-ex! Last week I wrote about all … Continue reading

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