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Community archaeology event for Wicklow

A free seminar organised by the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council will showcase initiatives being taken to protect and enhance various heritage projects in County Wicklow.

The daylong event – organised in association with the Heritage Council – will take place in Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh, on Saturday, 27th May.

The seminar will highlight national initiatives such as the Heritage Council’s “Adopt A Monument Scheme” as well as the work of local Wicklow-based projects and groups, including the Glendalough Heritage Forum, the Medieval Bray Project, the Glenmalure Pure Mile group and the Preban graveyard heritage committee.

Among the initiatives being highlighted will be the upcoming community excavation at Glendalough this August, opportunities to explore Wicklow’s Rock Art sites through the Wicklow Rock Art Project and the Spinans Hill Photogrammetry project which uses drone technology to capture high resolution aerial photographs to create a three dimensional model of Spinans Hill in Baltinglass, one of the largest archaeological monuments in Ireland.

Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, Mr Bryan Doyle, welcomed the event, stating: “The Council is committed to supporting local heritage research and is pleased to work with The Heritage Council, the School of Archaeology UCD and others on this initiative.”

The Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Pat Fitzgerald, commented: “We have a wealth of archaeology in county Wicklow and many groups and individuals are doing fantastic work to find out more about the history of their local place in order to develop heritage trails and signs. This event will assist them greatly in their efforts”. 

Ms Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer with Wicklow County Council, added: “The event is being held in response to a growing interest in this area among groups in county Wicklow.  When embarking upon community heritage projects, groups typically face similar challenges in sustaining their activities and this event will be a wonderful opportunity for different groups and individuals to share experiences and to meet both professional and non-professional practitioners”.

The seminar is co-funded by the Heritage Council who is leading the way in making cultural data available to everyone through their online tool HeritageMaps.ie, and by Wicklow County Council whose own online community heritage archive,  www.countywicklowheritage.org, is one of the first of its kind in Ireland.  

The event is free but booking is required to secure a place through https://communityarchaeologywicklow.eventbrite.ie or by emailing dburns@wicklowcoco.ie, Tel 0404 20100.

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