Heritage Week 2022 Projects and Events

TII is delighted to announce its programme of events and projects for Heritage Week 2022.


TII welcomes the publication of the Forging Links on Old Turnpike Road Story Map which describes the archaeological works undertaken by AMS on behalf of Kerry County Council on the N72 Stagmount Bends Road Improvement Scheme.


TII welcomes the publication of the M28 Cork to Ringaskiddy Project - StoryMap 01 describing the on-going archaeological works and investigations on the M28 project being undertaken by Rubicon Heritage for Cork County Coucil, which commenced earlier in January 2022.


Thursday - 18 August

Dublin - City Wall Space, Wood Quay Venue, 15:30 to 19:45

Emerging Landscapes: a celebration of TII archaeology books published 2020–21, with presentations by the authors and editors of recent TII archaeology publications.

  • Patricia Long - In the Vale of Tralee: the archaeology of the N22 Tralee Bypass
  • Shane Delaney - Around the Bay of Dundalk: archaeological investigations along the route of the M1 Dundalk Western Bypass
  • Dr Caitríona Moore - Between the Meadows: the archaeology of Edercloon on the N4 Dromod-Roosky Bypass
  • Fintan Walsh - The Road to Kells: Prehistoric archaeology of the M3 Navan to Kells and N52 Kells Bypass

and Neil Jackman's audiobook Unsilent Stones: conversations with the inhabitants of Athlone's Abbey Graveyard which was shortlisted for an Archaeological Achievement Award in 2021.

These will be followed by a keynote lecture by Dr Melanie Giles entitled “Thrust me deep and stake me quick” (Alan Garner, Treacle Walker): the archaeology of bogs, bog bodies and bog things. 

In Alan Garner’s 2021 novel Treacle Walker, a bog body speaks, begging to return to the bog in order that his sacrifice need not be in vain. In this new evaluation of bog bodies and bog things, Melanie Giles argues that they form part of an exchange of substances and vitalities which must be situated in the lives of communities in prehistory. In order to do so, she maintains that we must see through the pejorative attitudes of centuries of landscape travellers, ‘improvers’, and drainers to the rich world of boglands in the past. This re-enchantment through archaeology, she contends, is one of the fundamental ways in which we can create productive new relations with peatlands as part of our global response to the climate crises.

Please be advised that the keynote lecture will feature images of non-skeletal human remains.

Dr Giles is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Manchester, and pre-eminent scholar on Iron Age Britain.

Registration is essential: https://TII_emerging_landscapes.eventbrite.ie

Friday - 19 August

Cork - Raffeen Creek Golf Club, Ringaskiddy, 20:00 to 21:30

Patricia Long will be giving a public talk on the archaeological work so far on the M28 Cork to Ringaskiddy Project. An overview will be given of the stages of work involved in locating and excavating archaeological remains on a road scheme, and also an account of the exciting discoveries made on the scheme so far, ranging from prehistory right up to the 1600s.

Also on the night will be the launch of a digital StoryMap which will allow further public engagement with the work that has been done to date

This work is being carried out by Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd, in association with Cork County Council and TII.

No advance registration is required for this event, however, if you have any queries please contact Ed.Lyne@corkrdo.ie

Saturday - 20 August

Roscommon - Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, Tulsk (and simultaneously streamed online), 10:00 to 18:00

Idols and Unclean Things: the Gortnacrannagh figure and its context, a special one-day conference on the late Iron Age human-shaped wooden figure from wetlands at Gortnacrannagh, northeast of Tulsk, Co, Roscommon. This conference will bring together international experts to explore this remarkable find and the site in its broader context. Dr Melanie Giles, University of Manchester, will deliver the keynote lecture (Rude and curious relics of a barbarous age – the ‘bog figures’ of north-western Europe) and officially unveil a replica Gortnacrannagh figure and its new display. The event will also include an in-person and virtual photo exhibition by John Channing (Archaeological Management Solutions) entitled Unmasked: portrait of Gortnacrannagh.

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/gortnacrannagh-idol-conference-online-tickets-369259102917

Wexford - Ferns Community Centre, Ferns, Co. Wexford, 16:00 to 17:30

The Mill at the Bottom of the Hill: evidence of medieval occupation and industry in the hinterland of St Aidan’s monastery. TVAS’ Kate Taylor, in association with Wexford County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland, will give a public talk on the archaeological investigations that took place in 2019 and 2020 in advance of the R772 Ferns Village Pavement Scheme.

To register for this event, contact heritage.biodiversity@wexfordcoco.ie

Sunday - 21 August

Waterford - Waterford Greenway, Carriganore, 10:00 to 17:00

Viking Heritage Day at Woodstown

Viking heritage celebration at Woodstown on the Waterford Greenway (access from Carriganore or Killoteran car parks). Watch Viking battle re-enactments and kiddie vikes and browse through the Viking Craft Village - spinning, leather, pottery, coin making and jewellery. Take part in Dig in a Box, view artefacts with the National Museum, try your hand at being an archaeologist - who knows what you may discover!

This event is run by Déise Medieval in collaboration with Waterford City and County Council, SETU, TII, National Museum Ireland, TVAS Archaeology and Abarta Heritage.

For further information contact: bguest@waterfordcouncil.ie


Note: this webpage will be updated as the details of other events and projects are finalised.

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(Updated 20 August 2022.)