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Saturday 21 September 2019

Public gets chance to partake in archaeological dig at park

Students at the dig beside the Round Tower in Ferrycarrig
Students at the dig beside the Round Tower in Ferrycarrig

Anna Hayes

It has been the site of third level archaeology students' interest since January but this week, a community dig will take place at the site of the Round Tower in the Irish National Heritage Park.

Considering one of the most important Norman sites in Ireland, the secrets of the site are being slowly uncovered by young archaeologists learning their trade on the dig, through training from the Irish Archaeology Field School (IAFS).

As part of the project the IAFS hope to increase awareness of this important site and have been providing tours of the site and lectures all year, but this week they will welcome locals to the team from today (Tuesday) through to Saturday.

The group will teach excavation skills and methods, and guided tours will be available each day.

On August 23 and 24, in tandem with the adult excavation and tours, the IAFS and Heritage Park will also host sessions for children.

The children's days, provided in cooperation with 'Dig it Kids', will help children step back in time to the 12th century and the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland in Wexford.

The digs are suitable for kids aged six to 12.

The events are provided as part of the National Heritage Week programme. Events are free but normal park admission rates apply.

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