Monday 14 October 2019

New interpretive centre based on archaeological dig

The site of the archaeological dig
The site of the archaeological dig

Maria Pepper

A new Carrig Interpretive Centre will be officially opened at the Irish National Heritage Park in Ferrycarrig on Friday, July 26.

The Carrig project which has been running since January 2018, is centred on a live archaeological dig at the site of the first recorded Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland, built in the autumn of 1169.

The excavation has unearthed hundreds of artefacts and uncovered archaeological structures dating from the 12th to 14th centuries.

Hundreds of international students have assisted with the project, staying with local families during their time in Wexford.

Today, the Carrig site is dominated by the 19th century replica round tower but at the height of its power, the medieval settlement included a stone castle, a town with about 111 houses, two watermills, its own ferry service, a church and one of the first Anglo-Norman deerparks in the whole of Ireland.

The Carrig Project aims to uncover the stories of the people who worked and lived there, to understand their lives and how their cultures continue to influence ours.

A full day of activities will take place on July 26 to launch the centre, including 'Horsemen of Éire', showcasing the skills of mounted knights that were the hallmark of the Anglo-Norman military strategy and the 'Bemusement Games' which will re-introduce medieval games to Wexford.

'Dig it Kids' will run an archaeological camp for children; University College Dublin will host a pottery workshop, based on the medieval potteries from Carrick; the Discovery Programme will host a session looking at archaeological artefacts and replicas through time and Baya the storyteller will regale children with stories of knights, maidens and kings. The Irish Archaeological Field School will provide tours of the site and a 'pop up museum' focusing on the history. Normal admission rates will apply on the day, with opening hours from 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Activities running throughout the day, will be followed by an official launch of the Interpretive Centre at 3 p.m. by Arthur Murphy, a local engineer who oversaw the construction of the Park in the early 1980s.

Wexford People

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