Blessington archaeological excavation open day

Have you ever wanted to see an active archaeological excavation? Are you curious about how archaeologists discover evidence of our shared past?

We are excited to invite members of the public to visit our ongoing archaeological excavation of an Early Medieval settlement at Blessington, Co. Wicklow on Thursday the 18th of August. Our team of archaeologists will be on hand to discuss the function and significance of a range of archaeological objects and environmental remains from the site, which will be on display in our compound. Photographs documenting the excavation process and findings will also be exhibited here, and the public can talk to our experienced team on all aspects of the investigation.

We hope to give tours of the site to small groups (max. 10 people per tour) to show the archaeological remains of the medieval settlement, which may be over 1,000 years old. Our Site Director Muireann Ní Cheallacháin and the archaeological team will discuss the interesting features that have been identified to date, and explain how they are identified and recorded. The site tours will be weather-dependent, as ground conditions deteriorate in wet weather, however the proximity of the site to the access road means that all visitors will get a good understanding of site regardless.

This event is suitable for all ages, although site tours unfortunately have limited accessibility. Last tour will leave our compound area 30 minutes prior to the end of day (c. 3pm). We look forward to seeing you on the day!

The area where the artefacts and images will be displayed is wheelchair accessible and the site can be viewed from the adjacent footpath.

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