Due to the ongoing circumstances regarding the Covid 19 pandemic and in light of recent announcements by our government, we regret to advise that in the interests of the safety for all of those participating in the field school, we have regrettably decided to cancel all our student courses and internships for 2020.

We intend to run our courses in Summer 2021 which will include excavation, survey, environmental archaeology and bioarchaeology. All 2020 student applications may be deferred to 2021. 

In the meantime stay safe and please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries to info@bafs.ie.


Learn archaeological field methods in a friendly supportive environment in an excellent, long established Field School at the Blackfriary, Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland.

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Welcome to the Blackfriary Archaeology Field School. 2020 will be the eleventh year in a row digging at this site where we have been providing the highest standards of teaching and training since 2010.

Our goal is to continue delivering a wonderful experience to all interested students, visitors, lifelong learners and enthusiasts at the Blackfriary. Already, so many have started their field careers or realised their dream of taking part in an excavation at this medieval friary in the heritage capital of Ireland. It’s our ambition to help as many people as possible experience the adventure that digging up the past has to offer, while being taught how to record it for future generations. Our location in Co. Meath means that you are perfectly placed to see the many wonderful heritage sites which bring our past to life in Ireland’s Ancient East. https://www.irelandsancienteast.com/

“Great people, great site, great experience! This is a place that changes lives!” Professor Alison Beach OSU Course Director 2013-2017