Trowel is the annual publication organised by University College Dublin School of Archaeology students. It was launched in 1988 and has continued with its legacy by being the foundation for

Trowel is a great way for students to learn the processes involved with participating in an edited journal. Trowel is open to ALL university students and alumni in Ireland and Northern Ireland and farther abroad. Our aim is to facilitate students and novice archaeologists from across the world to publish their research and to further explore their interests.

Trowel often contains three main content types: featured articles, book reviews, and UCDigs. UCDigs is a recent addition to the journal, in which students can write about and reflect on their adventures in the field. Trowel is also open to interviews and other content types related to archaeology.

Occasionally, the Association of Young Irish Archaeologists partners with Trowel to publish their conference proceedings.

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c/o The School of Archaeology,
University College Dublin,
Dublin 4