Vol­un­teers in­vited to join dig at Glen­dalough

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VOL­UN­TEERS are in­vited to ex­plore Glen­dalough’s rich her­itage through a new ini­tia­tive of the Wick­low Her­itage Of­fice.

The School of Ar­chae­ol­ogy in UCD has teamed up with the Her­itage Of­fice of Wick­low County Coun­cil and from Au­gust 8 to Au­gust 18 will be car­ry­ing out a com­mu­nity ex­ca­va­tion of the Glen­dalough val­ley. The call has now gone out for vol­un­teers to come a join them in the dig.

No ex­pe­ri­ence is needed as full train­ing and su­per­vi­sion will be given on site and par­tic­i­pa­tion is open to any­one aged over 18.

On Satur­day, Au­gust 12, a spe­cial one-day ju­nior ex­ca­va­tion will take place and is suit­able for 13 to 17 year olds, once they are ac­com­pa­nied by a par­ent or guardian.

‘ Th­ese are very spe­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties for adults and teenagers with an in­ter­est in ar­chae­ol­ogy to learn new skills and be part of re­search­ing one of Ire­land’s most sig­nif­i­cant me­dieval ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal sites’, said Deirdre Burns, Her­itage Of­fi­cer with Wick­low County Coun­cil.

There is not cost for those par­tic­i­pat­ing in ei­ther the reg­u­lar or ju­nior digs but places are lim­ited so book­ing is es­sen­tial.

Email glen­dalough­her­itage­fo­rum@gmail.com for more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter an in­ter­est.

This ini­tia­tive fol­lows on from a com­mu­nity ex­ca­va­tion held last year and a sem­i­nar on com­mu­nity ar­chae­ol­ogy held last May.

A ‘Big Dig’ takes place in Glen­dalough on Satur­day, Au­gust 19, as part of Her­itage Week.

This sim­u­lated ar­chae­o­log­i­cal dig gives chil­dren aged five to 12, the op­por­tu­nity to try their hand at ar­chae­ol­ogy. Pro­fes­sion­als from the School of Ir­ish Ar­chae­ol­ogy will be on hand to dis­cuss trea­sures un­cov­ered.

This event is also free of charge, but places are lim­ited so con­tact info@sia.ie for more in­for­ma­tion.

Her­itage Week will also see a Food and Re­sources Fam­ily Open Day take place on Satur­day, Au­gust 26. This day will help demon­strate the in­ter­ac­tion of peo­ple with the nat­u­ral land­scape at Glen­dalough over the last 1,000 years for food and raw ma­te­ri­als.

Stu­dents from UCD will be car­ry­ing out ex­ca­va­tions through­out Her­itage Week and there will be daily guided ar­chae­ol­ogy and grave­yard tours and an ex­hi­bi­tion in the Brock­agh Cen­tre dis­play­ing rare sketches of Glen­dalough along with a Na­ture Explorers walk from Wick­low Moun­tains Na­tional Park.

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